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Welcoming GM - SWR

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Welcoming of GM SWR by Railway Scouts

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South Western Railway celebrated 63rd Railway Week o­n 20thApril, 2018 at the Chalukya Railway Institute, Gadag Road, Hubballi.Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager presented meritorious awards to employees who have excelled in their work.16 Gazetted officers & 48 staff received individual awards. Along with individual awards, two woman of the year awards, 3 group awards comprising of 19 employees and Efficiency Shields in 20 disciplines were also distributed.Overall Efficiency Shield was presented to Bengaluru Division


 In his address Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager complimented the employees of SWR for their diligent efforts. 


Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager of SWR congratulated the officers and staff who are in the forefront of train operations. With their dedicated efforts the accidents in Railways has come down lowest in last 57 years. SWR has bagged Efficiency shield in safety category for the year 2017-18 at Ministry of Railway level.He has informed that the over all safety performance of Indian Railways is best in the last 57 years.


GM exhorted the employees to strive to fulfill the aspirations of passengers by maintaining the punctuality of trains, hygiene in coaches/stations and security and safety. He said that with the sincere and dedicated effort of staff and officers, SWR achieved many mile stones in the year 2017-18. Important o­nes are


ØLaunching of mobile app for unreserved ticket booking

ØHighest ever ticket checking earnings

Ø12 new long distance Express trains and 12 suburban(to cater for Bengaluru ) trains introduced during the year

Ø30 km of new line and 74 km of doubling commissioned

Ø100% LED lights provided at all stations and LC gates

ØHighest ever track renewal of 200 Km in a single year

ØGate Mitras employed at all unmanned Level crossing gates

  The Principal Heads of all departments, senior officers of the zone also graced the occasion. Staff, supervisors, along with their family members, members of staff unions and representatives of the media attended the function.

     Shri S.K. Albela, Chief Personnel Officer welcomed the gathering and Shri Srinivasaraghavan, Deputy Chief Personnel Officer/Headquarters and welfare paid vote of thanks.

The eve of the International Womens Day

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The South Western Railway, Headquarters Office, Hubballi, organised Women’s day celebration o­n 7th March, 2018, o­n the eve of the International Women’s Day.The function was held at the Chalukya Railway Institute, Gadag Road, Hubballi. The inaugural session of the function was presided by Shri Shankar Kumar Albela, the Principal Chief Personnel Officer, SWR. In his address, he emphasised the importance of the day and the various measures taken by the SWR administration for the welfare of women employees.

 In the key note address, Smt. Snehal R, IAS and Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Dharwad dealt o­n the importance of the day and said that women were already empowered andmanaging the home well in their capacities. With increase in number of women in workforce, the lady of the house should additionally train her son o­n equal footing as she trained her daughter, so that they could take care of their own needs besides helping the other members of the family.

 Dr. Suryalakshmi, IRAS, the Deputy Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer, SWR, in her address, advised the women employees of Railways gathered, about the legal provisions o­n Sexual Harassment of “Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) Act, 2013”. She briefed about the mechanism available for lodging complaints and redressal. Also, Dr. Suryalakshmi, emphasise the working women to use the provision properly and not to misuse the same.

Dr.S. C. Kulkarni, Psychiatrist in his address, guided the working women o­n various aspects of stress confronted by working women at home, society and at work-place. How to handle the situations arising out of Stress was succinctly explained by Dr. Kulkarni. Dr. Jamuna Kanakaraya, Additional Chief Health Director, moderated the session. Dr.Ramakanth, IRMS, Medical Director moderated the question and answer session.

Ms. Indu IRSS, Assistant Materal Manager and Smt. Radha Rani, IRSS, Assistant Material Manager, Smt. Jayalakshmi Rakop, Asst Genl Secretary of South Western Railway Mazdoor Union spoke o­n women empowerment and related issues.

 In the afternoon session, Dr. Malathi, IRMS, Additional Chief Health Director, gave a presentation o­n “Healthy Women – An asset to the Nation” and conducted quiz to the women employees o­n women’s health and general issues related to women.

 In the valedictory session, Smt: Deepali Gupta, President of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (SWRWWO) was the Chief Guest.The office bearers of SWRWWO also graced the occasion. In the afternoon session various competitions were conducted, followed by cultural programme.Smt. Deepali Gupta, President, SWRWWO distributed the prizes. The whole day programme came to an end with the vote of thanks from Smt: Nagalatha Guruprasad, Assistant Personnel Officer, who coordinated for the proper organisation of the day’s programme. Women employees attended the function in large number.



     Smt. Deepali Gupta, President of South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation (SWRWWO) inaugurated the International Women’s day celebrations by lighting lamp at Railway Officer’s Club, Hubballi.  Smt. Deepali Gupta Spoke o­n the topic “Press for Progress” and stated that a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. She said that though women have made tremendous progress in all fields, they need to empower themselves. For achieving same outlook o­n society has to be gender inclusive, she added.

She felicitated the meritorious woman employees of South Western Railway who have excelled in their duties. Women employees of Headquarters office, Hubballi workshop and Railway Central Hospital have attended the function.

A colourful cultural programme was conducted.  Smt. Neeta Agarwal, Secretary, Smt. Sunita Gupta, Treasurer and all the executive members & members of SWRWWO, Headquarters attended the function.

SWRWWO has recently got installed Sanitary Pad Vending Machine & Incinerator in South Western Railway Zonal Office Rail Saudha and to SWRWWO’s English Medium School, Gadag road to ensure hygienic practices leading good health of women.  Around 100 ladies are working in the Zonal Headquarters Office and there is no shop located nearby area as such the new arrangement benefits immensely to the working women. 

One Rest Room for Ladies was inaugurated at Rail Soudha by Shri A.K. Gupta, General Manager and Smt. Deepali Gupta. This will enable women employees of South Western Railway Headquarters in discharging their duties efficiently.  

Smt.Radha Yadav, Secretary; Smt.Sunita Gupta, Treasurer and all the Executive Committee members and members of the SWR Women’s Welfare Organisation attended the function.

New Railways New Karnataka Booklet Released by Honorable MR

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Hon'ble Union Minister of Railway's visit to SBC on


Shri. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways visited KSR Bengaluru Railway Station o­n 08.03.2018. The Minister interacted with the women employees at the Station o­n the occasion of International Women’s Day and complimented them o­n their duties. He also enquired about their welfare.

The Minister declared Banasawadi Railway Station as All-Women Managed Railway Station through video link. This will the first All-Women Managed Railway Station over South Western Railway. All the activities like Train operations, Train passing, Ticketing and security will be handled by the Women Staff at the Station.

Hon’ble Minister reviewed the work of physical survey being conducted for detailed feasibility report for the Bengaluru Suburban Rail Project. The actual work, being undertaken with the help of LIDAR technology using drones, was also shown to media.

During his visit the Hon’ble Minister dedicated a 10 ton capacity Mechanized Laundry set up at KSR Bengaluru Station.  This will enable providing hygienic and clean linen to all passengers travelling in trains starting from Bengaluru and Yesvantpur railway stations.

The Minister declared introduction of 8 new Suburban train services in Bengaluru area deploying both MEMUs and DMUs. New services are also being added o­n the much in demand Hosur-Banaswadi sector through Heelahalige.

The Minister released a booklet “New Railways New Karnataka” highlighting increased pace of infrastructure works especially new lines, doublings and electrification in the state of Karnataka. Budget outlay was increased three fold in the last 5 years. All important lines are being doubled and electrified including Bengaluru – Mumbai, Bengaluru – Hyderabad routes. 252 Kms of New Railway line is completed, including 2 long pending works connecting Bengaluru with Hassan via Shravanabelagola and Gulbarga with Bidar. 227 Kms of doubling done including Bengaluru – Mysuru and Guntakal – Wadi Sections. 665 Kms of track is electrified including Yelahanka – Dharmavarmam, Guntakal – Wadi and Bengaluru – Mysuru Sections.

Shri A. K. Gupta, General Manager, South Western Railway, Shri R.S. Saxena, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru were present o­n the occasion.

Fairy Queen  Humsafar Express on Platform No. 1 at Mysuru Railway Station

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Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister dedicated electrification of Railway line betweenMysuru & KSR Bengaluru & flagged off Palace Queen Weekly Humsafar Expressbetween Mysuru &Udaipur Cityfrom Mysuru Railway Station o­n 19th February, 2018.The event was attended by important dignitaries Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Railways & Coal; Shri D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Hon’ble Union Minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation; Shri. Ananthkumar, Hon’ble Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizer Parliamentary Affairs for of the State; Shri Vajubhai Vala, Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka; Shri Siddaramaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka have graced the occasion. Shri R. V. Deshpande, Hon'ble Minister for Large & Medium Scale and Infrastructure Development; Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa, Hon'ble Minister for Public Works, Ports and Inland Water Transport & Minister In-charge of Mysuru District; Shri Pratap Simha, Hon’ble Member of Parliament Mysuru - Kodagu; Shri C.S. Puttaraju, Hon’ble Member of Parliament Mandya; Shri Dhruv Narayana Hon’ble Member of Parliament Chamarajanagar; Shri P.C. Mohan, Hon’ble Member of parliament from Bengaluru Central and Shri Rangasayee Ramakrishna Hon’ble Member of Parliament of Rajyasabha havealso participated in the function. Smt. Bhagyavathi, Worshipful Mayor, Mysuru Municipal Corporation; Shri Vasu, MLA, Shri H C Mahadevapa MLA and Shri Ramachandra Gowda, MLCs have also taken part in the function.

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GMâ??s Annual Inspection at Bellary station

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General Manager's Annual Inspection in Bellary Gadag section on 07.02.18

GM Inspection over SBC-DMM Section on 30.01.18

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GM/SWR’s Annual Inspection over DMM(Excl.)-SBC(Excl.) section on 30.01.2018
GM/SWR’s Annual Inspection over DMM(Excl.)-SBC(Excl.) section o­n 30.01.2018
Mural at KSR Bengaluru

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Beautification Drive at Bengaluru Division
Beautification Drive at Bengaluru Division

Beautification Inputs from SBC Division


Bangalore Division took the initiative of giving impressive makeovers to walls of Station o­n approaches. Division has taken up beautification project with the help of an experienced NGO and Railway volunteers.  The initiative o­n smartening up the approaches have been taken up since 2016 in association with an NGO “The Ugly India” (TUI).  Some samples pictures are enclosed herewith.

        Bangalore City station is probably is the o­nly station in India which boasts of an Art Gallery amidst the din o­n a Railway platform. It was established in the year 2010 and showcases a versatile portrayal of Art and Railways.

       The journey began with the series of art camp o­n Railway platform targeting established and upcoming artists.The camps were aptly titled SAFAR which stands for ‘support and appreciation of art and Railways’.Art works so created have been used to enliven the spaces in trains, Railway stations and Railway offices and other work areas to create aesthetic ambience and enhance the experience of passengers.The passenger friendly initiative has been widely appreciated and emulated by other division and zones.

It is proposed to take up beautification of 10 stations o­n the division before 31/03/18. 

FOB at Hubballi Station

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Beautification Drive at Hubballi Division
Beautification Drive at Hubballi Division

Beautification Inputs from Hubballi Division


As a part of unique initiative and to promote a sense of cleanliness amongst the passengers, the work of painting ‘Swachhta Slogans’ o­n risers of foot-over-bridges (FOBs) has been taken up by Hubballi division. This initiative has garnered lot of appreciation from the travelling public. Besides improving the aesthetics, this initiative sends a clear message o­n cleanliness amongst the public. All the eight FOBs provided at seven ‘A’ category railway stations (where there is usually heavy footfall) have being taken up for such painting. Each FOB has an average of 100 steps and such slogans are being painted in regional and English languages o­n risers of steps.


Hubballi railway station is a prominent landmark in state of Karnataka besides being the headquarters of South Western Railway. This railway station receives about 18000 footfalls per day. Amongst other facilities, the Subway at this station connecting entry/exit to all the five platforms is widely used by passengers. To promote a sense of cleanliness amongst rail passengers, the work of warli tribal art painting at subway of Hubballi railway station is been taken up. This work has been initiated by Commercial Department of Hubballi division and the work has been assigned to the artist Mrs. Sumangala Bhat. Such wall painting is being done at an area of 1123 Sq.Ft. The work was started o­n 21.12.2017 and is expected to complete by 31.01.2018. Various paintings o­n theme like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachh bharat Mission, etc. are being depicted by artist o­n the subway walls. In addition to this, similar art has been put up at VIP (Reserved) lounge at Hubballi railway station.


             In order to further add to beautification of this building, wall murals depicting local culture of Karnataka state have been provided in the circulating area and subway. Presently, six such wall murals have been fixed spreading light o­n Karnataka Folk culture. Besides adorning the walls of Hubballi railway station, these murals also act to curb miscreants from defacing the walls with bills/posters. The work of providing these murals had been entrusted to Mr. Hareesh V. Mallappanavar, an artist and resident of Byadgi village of Haveri district. Folk cultures of Karnataka like Yakshagana, Veeragaase Kunita, Dottata, Bayalata and other art have been portrayed in these murals. The work of fixing these murals was taken up during the Rail Humsafaar Saptah being celebrated over Indian Railways during 2016.

Meeting convened by GM/SWR during Transformation Drive

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Transformation Drive in SWR
Transformation Drive in SWR

Transformation Drive launched in SWR from 1st January, 2018 to 15th January, 2018 to assess  impact of process reforms initiated in recent past.

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69th REPUBLIC DAY 2018

Headquarters of South Western Railway celebrated 69thRepublic Day with pomp and gaiety at Railway Sports Grounds, Club Road, Hubballi o­n 26thJanuary, 2018.  Shri A.K. GUPTA, General Manager, South Western Railway was the Chief Guest and unfurled the National Flag.  The Parade gave National Salute followed by Railway Protection Band played National Anthem. 

Source : South Western Railway CMS Team Last Reviewed on: 08-09-2017