Indian Railways Current Affairs - 2019

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“1322”- security helpline number launched by Northern Railway for passengers

Screenshot_1Northern Railway launched 24 x 7 security helpline No.1322 to provide speedy assistance to passengers in the event of thefts, harassment and other criminal incidents on rail premises.

The call can be made from a landline or mobile number.
Once a passenger calls the helpline, a unique complaint number will be generated and provided to the complainant to be followed for necessary action.
The security helpline service will be managed by Railway Protection Force (RPF).

At present, the facility will be operational in 731 stations of the Northern zone covering Ambala, Ferozpur, Moradabad, Delhi and Lucknow divisions. 

Future Plan: To launch “1322” as an all India helpline number for Railway passengers.

Speed of the superfast trains to be enhanced to 160-200 kmph: Indian Railways

The Railway Board announced that the Indian Railways decided to increase the speed of the superfast trains to 160-200 kmph.

The current superfast trains of India- Rajdhanis, Shatabdis and Durontos will get an increase in the speed. Besides this, the Indian Railways planned to enhance the technical capability of the present infrastructure.

Initially, the Shatabdi routes from Delhi to Bhopal and Lucknow will undergo an increase in speed. Thereafter, this will be implemented to Duronto and Rajdhani. Following this, the superfast trains of India will run at the semi high speeds before the year 2017.

Although India has one of the largest rail networks in the world, there are not many high-speed rail lines which can support the speed of 200 kmph or more. A number of  high speed corridors were proposed, but they have not been realized.  At present, Bhopal-Delhi Shatabdi Express is the fastest train of India with the top speed of 150 kmph.