Old train coaches to be converted into homeless shelters

To provide home for homeless, Indian government plans to convert old railway coaches into shelters for the homeless. They plan to complete this before winter starts as a step to avoid bad circumstances then. “The main issue to building shelters in the cities is the lack of land. We are looking into possible solutions; this is a temporary solution until then”, an official stated. The government this month asked states to consider fitting electricity and sewerage connections in old passenger coaches, and installing them across the areas in the city where shelters are needed.
     The urban homeless population in India has rose by a fifth over last decade, as thousands of people migrated from villages to towns and cities in search of better living. Every year, hundreds of people die from exposure to the cold or heat on pavements and station platforms.
      In 2010, The Supreme Court had ordered to provide one homeless shelter for every 100,000 people in 62 cities, with facilities including drinking water, subsidised meals, beds and lockers. But only few states have implemented this. Hence last year, the Supreme Court banged the government for failing to provide shelters, despite availability of funds.
A panel appointed by the Supreme Court said money alloted for shelters was being diverted for other purposes resulting in the homeless continuing to live on the streets. “Funding is not a problem anywhere, but homelessness is not a priority for states,” Kailash Gambhir, a former judge who headed the panel, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Land is an issue, and officials are also afraid that more migrant workers will come if there are more shelters. We had made several suggestions, including charging a nominal rent, but states are not following through,” he said.
India has committed to provide shelter for all by 2022 by creating 20 million new units. But the slow pace of implementation is leaving thousands homeless as during this process slum dwellers are evicted.
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Don’t let this long weekend go in vain: Plan a perfect gateway

Even though 2017 has been full of long weekends, many of us couldn’t utilize them to the fullest. Don’t be sad, here you got one more chance to make use of it. Following are the details of the coming weekend.

Oct 14Saturday: Weekend

Oct 15SundayWeekend

Oct 16Monday: Take an off

Oct 17Tuesday: Take an off

Oct 18Wednesday: Diwali

Oct 19Thursday: Diwali

Oct 20Friday: Bhaidooj/take an off

Oct 21SaturdayWeekend

Oct 22SundayWeekend

In India, we celebrate many festivals and Diwali has got its own prominence across the country. Diwali is celebrated by lighting diyas, bursting crackers, praying Goddess Lakshmi and by presenting loved ones with gifts and sweets.  In a country as large as India, like all other festivals Diwali is also celebrated in numerous ways – for a few it is a New Year, while for businessman it is starting of their financial year and a few perform Kali Puja. So this Diwali along with long weekend try to experience the festival in a way you haven’t experienced it before. Here are some of the places to check out this Diwali:

  1. Trip to Pushkar:  October serves as the best time to visit Pushkar, the Hindu pilgrimage centre in the state of Rajasthan. You can also visit Udaipur and the pink city Jaipur to experience grandeur of palaces in lights and fireworks.
  2. Plan for a camp and experience the scared Ganga Aarti and fireworks on the banks of Ganga  in Varanasi.
  3. Indulge yourself in the lights of Golden Temple in Amritsar.
  4.    Get yourself away from all the busy streets of cites and experience bonfire and a rustic Diwali in Purshwadi, a small village located on a hill along the Mumbai-Nasik highway. Families in this little hamlet light a bonfire on Diwali night and cook local food and sing traditional songs.

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This Is How A Passenger Punched & Smashed An LCD Screen In Tejas Express As It Wasn’t Working

Remember the Tejas Express Vandalism happened a few days back, Yes we remember. Hailed by the Central Railways as the ‘aeroplane moving on the ground’, Tejas Express has been quite a part of news even before its commencement for various reasons like magnanimous speed and the super-luxurious amnesties like LED screens, coffee vending machines, CC TV cameras and beautiful exteriors. Capable of running at a whopping speed of 200 KMPH, the train covers the 552-km Mumbai-Goa journey within nine hours. The cost of a single seat on this 992 seat train ranges between 1185 to 2740, making this a pure-luxury product for a common Indian. The train and its way of introduction into the market seemed all cool and definitely seemed like a promise of the new era of Indian trains & tourism. But things haven’t gone really well after the launch. There are Couple of things which shouldn’t been happened.

And yet Again we happen to see the same Mishap due to passengers  anger, According to the news Reported by  Mumbai Mirror  Vandalism took place when the group of youth Noticed that the L.C.D  ‘s in the Train are not properly Functioning, from which they started damaging the L.C.D and other major equipment

It is an appreciable step from the Government’s side to have introduced a train like Tejas which could be a game changer for tourism in India,   All we as the beloved citizens of India can offer back is some sense of responsibility – maybe By Complaining to the authorities through any of the medium available 

you Complaint to Indianrailways  by the following ways

  1.  You can Lodge a complaint using –  http://www.coms.indianrailways.gov.in/criscm/cmsHome.html   which is web- portal for Lodging railway complaints.
  2. The passengers can also SMS their complaints on mobile number +91-9717630982, where senior railway officials will take necessary action on the issue in  36 hours.
  3. The passengers can also use their Smartphone to Register a complaint from the Official railway app – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cris.org or you can tweet to https://twitter.com/sureshpprabhu , https://twitter.com/RailMinIndia
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The Miracle Tips For Monsoon Train Travel.

Monsoon is a unique Season where we feel  the natural Bliss showering everywhere , In fact, its a Season which has its own distress and delights ,   loaded with originality  where the vibe gets energized and the resounding music of raindrops restore  the sensual blissWe don’t have control over the exceptional climate however we can make the best of the storm without much bother. Take after these tips and traps to appreciate the tip-tap downpours while on a prepare.

Garments and shoes that you DON’T think about

Try not to wear light colored clothes as light colored clothes can get into dirt and stains easily while traveling


Check window’s  for safety 

Its preferable to check window panes for leakages and Spills before so that you can  give a complaint  railway authorities at  http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=116251 or you can also tweet to https://twitter.com/RailMinIndia

Strict no to Unhygienic Food 

Monsoon is a Season where you see lot of street vendors selling  Cut fruits in and around Railway Stations, Say a Big No as Water used to freshen the fruits may be Impure.


Mineral  water

Water is the main cause of virus and bacteria adoption during Rainy season, prefer Buying packaged Mineral water and due check date of expiry before buying


First Aid Kit 

In the case of emergency,  First aid Kit ought to be your closest companion while going amid the rainstorm. The unit ought to incorporate disinfectant cream, wraps, a few painkillers and prescriptions for stomach throbs.

power bank 

In the generation of Digital Life , Nothing works without Mobile phone  , Do carry of fully charged power bank which will be your life saver during the travel


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Aadhar mandatory for Railway Ticket concessions from -1 July 2017

Indian Railways, ever since decades has been offering various concessions for its passengers. Different types of concessions are offered on tickets of various categories including senior citizens, sports people, students, physically challenged ones etc,. Checking out on the misuse of these concessions (which count upto 50) has always been a problematic issue for the Indian Railways. With a brilliant step, the Indian Railways is now all set to put up a check to all the black marketing happening in relevance to railway concessions.


Established in 2009, Aadhar card has a 12-digit unique identification number also comprising of biometric details and has been issued to every Indian resident. It has been, since the beginning, depicted as an important document for establishing every Indian citizen’s unique identity. The UIDAI has been recording and verifying the details of every citizen during the past few years and has been ensuring that every citizen holds an Aadhar card as an identification card. During the past two years, the Government has been slowly taking steps to make Aadhar mandatory in every possible sector. From airports to election registrations, Aadhar is now being nation-wide accepted as the identity card of a parson. It was only recently that registration of Aadhar details for mobile SIM usage has been made mandatory. The addition of biometric data adds to the difficulty of replication or duplication of an Aadhar card and this makes the card more unique and reliable.


The black marketing of railway ticketing has always been a huge maniac and ill-usage of the concessions offered is one of the issues the Indian Railways has been facing since long time. Many a times, the ones who really need the concessions are devoid of the offerings too. With Aadhar card being made mandatory – from July 1st, let’s hope a check is put on all these and the offering that the Railways gives are used to the best! As responsible & educated citizens, all we can do is ensure that the ones who haven’t got the Aadhar card yet, apply for one soon!

Google Wi-fi enabled stations in India


With wi-fi slowly turning into being the oxygen of today’s generation, a wifi enabled railway station is countable as a ‘developed’ station. During the past year and half, almost a dozen stations in India have been enabled with google wi-fi and till nowover 10 million people have experienced high speed internet in various Indian stations.

It all started on September 12 in 2015, when the Indian Railways announced its partnership with the tech giant Google to provide free Wi-Fi services to 400 railway stations across the country. In January 2016, Mumbai central station had become the first railway station in India to have free Wi-Fi facility and further on the service has been extended to quite a few station railway stations. 9 other major railway stations that have got Google enable wi-fi are: Pune, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Raipur, Ranchi, Vijayawada, Kachiguda (Hyderabad), Ernakulam Junction (Kochi), and Vishakhapatnam.

Here are more details about this project which has been named as project Nilgiri.

  • Under this initiative, free Wi-Fi services will be provided to passengers in 400 railway stations across the country using Google’s fiber technologu
  • People  will be able to access high speed internet for the first 30 minutes completely free of cost
  • A special One Time Password has been generated for this purpose and users will be able to access free internet by using it
  • The connection of the users will still be active after 30 minutes of internet usage. However, after 30 minutes, the speed will drop and become slow
  • Under Fiber technology, the company provides internet services up to a speed of 1 Gigabits per second
  • This type of initiative was launched in 2010 and the service is available only in the United States of America
  • Using satellite communication technology, the Indian Railways is also providing Wi-Fi connectivity in moving trains for a few selected routes – as a pilot project

The project Nilgiri is being carried out in phases. As per Sunder Pichai, the CEO of Google, people have used about 15 times more data than they usually do and this explains the reason why Google chose to collaborate with the Indian Railways. Reliable power supply and chance to reach huge and wider population being the other reasons. Nevertheless, it’s a great step towards the propagation of Digital India!

Travel to Find Love of Your Life

They say that you never return as the same person from a journey you take. To travel means to explore, both, the outside world and the limits within. Naturally, you are bound to bump into something or someone that is going to change your whole notion of life. You may find that special something on your next journey(find love), or journey after that or maybe the journey after that. Important thing is to keep looking and keep exploring, that is the only way you can find the love of your life and the best way to explore, as we mentioned, is travelling. You can find that love within yourself, within a companion or around in your surroundings.

This is the best thing that travelling can teach you- being able to love yourself. Or to put it better- accepting what you are, knowing your capabilities and limits and being at comfort with yourself after knowing that. You can push past your boundaries only after you acknowledge them. And travel throws many such situations at you where you have to adapt, improvise or sometimes accept defeat. All this helps you grow as a person overall and you become a self-confident man as you trod along the path.

Travel and Love Go Hand in Hand

If you are a traveller at heart, a free roaming spirit, an “awara”, then chances are that you will meet your significant other on one of those trips as well. You may be travelling via same train, occupying the same berth, sharing the same bench in the garden or stuck at same curve on some trek. Love of your life is waiting outside that comfort zone- so get up, book your tickets and get going. The say a place is only as good as people in it, so chances are that if you like a place you will like the people in that place as well. So do not shy away, interact with people, get to know them and be one with the local life wherever you go.

Special Something

Waiting- Love train

Well, not everyone finds love of their life in another person. Some find it in other daily habits like reading new books, learning new skills, collecting unique items or in the form of travelling itself. Travelling provides best chance for you to meet other people with similar interests, learning a thing or two from them about your passion and then carrying on the baton along the journey.


Railway’s smart toilets soon at railway stations!

Railway’s smart toilets soon at railway stations!In a move aimed at countering usual complaints of unhygienic conditions of toilets at railway stations, Indian railways is installing state of the art and portable Namma toilets at various railway stations across the country. The first sets of these toilets called namma toilets have been installed by the Ferozepur Division at Katra railway station which will soon be inaugrated by railway minister Suresh Prabhu. These smart toilets can be installed in areas where drainage system is not available as these come armed with septic tank with a bio-enzyme based treatment system which treats the waste for harmful bacteria. Whats more that they also have the option of a batch waste treatment system which controls the waste water let out and this water can be used for watering nearby trees.

Giving more info on the project, Anuj Prakash,Divisional Railway Manager (DRM),Firozpur Division said, “Namma toilets have been built keeping in view the usage conditions by the general public and are actually a revolution in public toilets as along with being eco friendly they are fire retardant, acid and alkali proof these have a very high impact strength. Moreover these are portable and therefore can be fixed anywhere and that too in minimum of space. Another smart feature of these toilets is that they are easy to clean and that too without any use of acids or bleaches. The paint used in the toilet is resistant to scratches and graffiti and is also resistant to bacterial growth” He also said, “Indian railways has installed the first Namma toilets at Katra which will soon be inaugurated by railway minister. In next phase we plan to install these at various stations of Punjab including Ludhiana, Amristar and Jalandhar”

Easy to access for disabled persons

These ultra modern smart toilets in addition to having 1 module each for ladies and gents also have 2 urinals and a Seperate module for handicapped persons which has wider doors, ramp for proper access and grab bars which makes it easier to use. The Ladies module has a sanitary disposal unit located at the rear end to ensure proper disposal of sanitary napkins.

50 Special trains – Enjoy Travelling

Suresh Prabhu have said that South Central Railway (SCR) will run 50 weekly summer special trains between Tirupati-Nagarsol via Secunderabad, Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam and Visakhapatnam-Dharmavaram to clear the extra rush of passengers in summer and so that people can travel with ease.

Special trains
Some information about trains that can help you find the correct train:Tirupati-Nagarsol-Tirupati weekly special trains (18 services) train no. 07417 will depart from Tirupati at 07:30 am on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2016 (Fridays), arrive/depart Secunderabad at 8:15/8:25 pm on the same day and arrive Nagarsol at 11.55 am, the next day.

In return, train no.07418 Nagarsol – Tirupati special train will depart from Nagarsol at 10 pm on April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 28, (Saturdays), arrive/depart Secunderabad at 11:55/12:05 am, the next day and arrive Tirupati at 4 am on Mondays.

En route, these special trains will also stop at Renigunta, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Tenali, Guntur, Sattenapalli, Piduguralla, Nadikudi, Miryalguda, Nalgonda, Pagidipalli, Cherlapalli, Begumpet, Lingampalli, Shankarpalli, Vikarabad, Zaheerabad, Bidar, Balki, Udgir, Latur Road, Pangaon, Parli, Gangakher, Parbhani, Manavat Road, Selu, Partur, Jalna and Aurangabad stations in both directions.

These special trains will consist of 17 coaches with one AC II tier, one AC III tier, seven sleeper class, six general second class and two second class luggage cum brake van coaches. The service of Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam -Vijayawada weekly special trains (16 services), train no 07271 Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam weekly special train will depart from Vijayawada at 11 pm on April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, 19, 26 and arrive Visakhapatnam at 7 am, the next day.

In return direction, train no.07272 Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada special train will depart from Visakhapatnam at 12.15 am on April 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and arrive Vijayawada at 7.20 pm, the same day.En route, these special trains will stop at Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Nidadavolu, Rajamahendravaram, Samalkot, Annavaram, Tuni, Anakapalli and Duvvada stations in both directions.

This special train will consist of 16 coaches with one AC II tier, one AC III tier, seven sleeper class, five general second class and two second class luggage cum brake van coaches. The other service Visakhapatnam-Dharmavaram-Visakhapatnam special trains (16 services), train no. 07273 Visakhapatnam-Dharmavaram special train will depart from Visakhapatnam at 4:45 pm on April 8, 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13, 20, 27 and arrive Dharmavaram at 12:40 am, the next day.

In return direction, train no.07274 Dharmavaram-Visakhapatnam special train will depart from Dharmavaram at 2.30 pm on April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21, 28 and arrive Visakhapatnam at 10.25 am, the next day.En route, these special trains will stop at Duvvada, Anakapalli, Tuni, Annavaram, Samalkot, Rajamahendravaram, Tadepalligudem, Eluru, Vijayawada, Guntur, Narsaraopet,

Vinukonda, Donakonda, Markapur Road, Cumbum, Giddaluru, Nandyal, Betamcherla, Dhone, Gooty and Anantapur stations in both directions. This special train will consist of 16 coaches with one AC II tier, one AC III tier, seven sleeper class, five general second class and two second class luggage cum brake van coaches

Clean Coach Service Available Using SMS

Now a clean coach is just a simple text message away. Indian Railways has launched the much needed on demand service to clean the coach. This can be a real blessing for the passengers as we all are aware of the pathetic hygiene conditions prevailing in the public transport facilities in India. This is how you can make use of this service.

For any cleaning requirement in the coach, passengers may send their requests as SMS to 58888 by typingCLEAN < Space >< 10-digit PNR number>. The software named OBSERVE (On Board Services) will forward the request to mobile phone of the cleaner present in the particular train directly. The Railway Administration will also simultaneously receive an intimation of such requests for follow up. This means that you will get a code in reply as soon as you send the SMS. A message will be sent by the server to the mobile number of On Board Housekeeping Service (OBHS) staff travelling on the same train along with the details of the passenger such as coach number, berth number.  Then the OBHS staff will get into action and reach the passenger to carry out the cleaning duties.

Presently, only around 600 trains are covered under this scheme. Service is expected to cover many more trains and routes soon. Here is the press release by the Indian Railways.