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‘All 14 Durontos on track’? Howrah-Mumbai Duronto Express may be inaugurated soon, inspite of oppose of running staff

DURONTO- Started
DH News Service:
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday flagged off the Duronto Express - India’s fastest non-stop train that will cover the 1,454 km distance between Sealdah in West Bengal and New Delhi 90 minutes quicker than the Rajdhani.
“This new superfast express that will run at 130 kms per hour, will take 16 hours and 30 minutes to complete the journey as against 18 hours being taken by the normal Rajdhani express,” Ms Banerjee said after flagging off the train from Sealdah Station. “The next Duranto train, Howrah- Mumbai Yuba Express is almost ready and we’ll shortly have its inaugural run.”
While stating that railways have been striving hard to fulfil all the promises made in the budget for 2009-10, she claimed all the 14 Duranto versions will be on track before the stipulated time. “And there can be one or two more of it,” she added without elaborating from when they would commence operations.
The Duranto will have three operational stoppages during its journey, but no commercial one. The Sealdah-New Delhi Rajdhani Express has six commercial stoppages at the moment. According to her, speed of other superfast trains like Kalka which presently run at 110 kms per hour, will gradually be raised to 120 kmph. Fares have been kept lower than those of Rajdhani though all the coaches are air-conditioned.
Incidentally, the train sports an environmental-friendly design that was sketched by the Minister herself. Brushing aside all speculations that the new type of specially-designed coaches might jump the rails at such a high speed, she said the coaches have been certified by the railway’s technical safety chief D K Roy. The train is built of stainless steel, which is lighter, anti-corrosive and more durable than the conventional ‘cotton steel’. Another important safety feature is the central buffer couplers whose enhanced load capacity makes the train derailment-proof.
Besides safety and hygiene features like dustbins and fire extinguishers, the trains have sleeker designs for bottle holders and switches, mobile charging points, sliding transparent doors between coaches, and LED night lamps instead of regular fluorescent lights.
The Sealdah-New Delhi Duronto will have one AC I-tier coach, three AC II-tier coaches, four AC III-tier coaches and five economy AC III-tier coaches besides generator cars. The Duronto rakes comprise ICF coaches used in the Rajdhanis and Garib Raths earlier. The Garib Raths had AC III-tier coaches that could accommodate more passengers.
Each Duronto coach is 24 metres long, compared to the regular coach length of 22.3 metres.

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PME Due Date

Master Circular No. 25

Copy of Railway Board’s letter No. 69/H/3/11 dated 06.12.1974

Subject: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Visual Sub-Committee.

6. Periodical re-examination of serving Railway Employees:

6.l. In order to ensure the continued ability of Railway employees in Classes A l, A 2, A 3, B l and B 2 to discharge their duties with safety, they will be required to appear for re-examination at the following stated intervals throughout their service as indicated below:

6.1.1. Classes A l, A 2 and A 3 —At the termination of every period of three years, calculated from the date of appointment until they attain the age of 45 years, and thereafter annually until the conclusion of their service.

Note: (l) The staff in categories A l, A 2 and A 3 should be sent for special medical examination in the interest of safety under the following circumstances unless they have been under the treatment of a Railway Medical Officer.

(a) Having undergone any treatment or operation for eye trouble irrespective of the duration of sickness.

(b) Absence from duty for a period in excess of 90 days.

(2) If any employee in medical category A has been periodically medically examined at any time within one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held one year from the due date of the last medical examination and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

If, however, such an employee has been medically examined, at any time earlier, than one year prior to his attaining the age of 45, his next medical examination should be held on the date he attains the age of 45 and subsequent medical examination annually thereafter.

Ammendment: It was ammended in 1993 as below

Age Group PME Due

Age 00-45 every 4yrs

Age 45-55 every 2yrs

Age 55-60 every year
As per Rly Bd's Guideline of Medical Exam issued vide LNo. 88/H/5/12 dated 24-01-1993

a) PME would be done at the termination of every period of 4 years from date of appointment / Initial medical Exam till the date of attainment of age of 45 years, every 2 years upto 55 years & there after annual till retirement.
b) Employees who has been periodically examined at any time within 2years prior to his attaining the age of 45years would be examined after 2years from the date of last PME & subsequent PME for every 2years upto 55years age.Of

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6.1.2. Classes B-1 and B-2—On attaining the age of 45 years, and thereafter at the termination of every period of five years.