Indian Railways Current Affairs - 2019
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The Indian Railways inked an agreement with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) to set up the country’s biggest Forged Wheel plant at Lalganj, Raebarelli in Uttar Pradesh.
The Plant to be set with an investment of about Rs 1100 crore will manufacture 1 lakh Forged Wheels per annum in the first phase. The capacity of the plant could be enhanced to double in the second phase to produce 2 lakhs Forged Wheels. The factory likely to be operational in around 3 years, and would provide direct employment to 500-600 local people and an indirect employment opportunity to about 2,000 people.
The plant will bring down India’s dependence on imports of high speed forged wheels for trains. Forged wheels are stronger wheels required in the rolling stock for running longer trains at higher speed. The forged wheel factory will require about 50,000-60,000 tonnes of steel, which will be sourced from RINL’s plant in Vizag.
Indian Railway has launched a new pilot service which makes it possible for the 80% of the population that owns mobile phones. The service doesn’t even involves any use of Internet by the customer.
IRCTC has INTRODUCED a number of options to buy tickets without having to access the Internet. Besides the short code 5676714, one can even send an SMS to 139 or the Airtel Money system *400# or the system powered by Pyro where one needs to have a BSNL SIM card enabled with Java computer language.
It will not be necessary to carry a hard copy of the ticket while travelling — the SMS confirmation will be valid proof. The facility allows for ticket cancellation as well. To make use of any of these options, you have to get your mobile number registered with IRCTC. Each SMS will cost Rs. 3 and as the project is being launched on a pilot basis, mobile service providers have dispensed with agent charges for now. These charges as and when imposed would be the same one pays to other agents, including online charges.
The new technology will also ease the pressure on Internet ticketing as 45% of tickets are booked through Internet. It would also put an end to fleecing by touts.