Ministry of Railways

The first railway on Indian sub-continent ran over a stretch of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane. The idea of a railway to connect Bombay with Thane, Kalyan and with the Thal and Bhore Ghats inclines first occurred to Mr. George Clark, the Chief Engineer of the Bombay Government, during a visit to Bhandup in 1843.
31 Problem Statement
Total Submissions : 8

About 90% of rail passengers travel in unreserved segment. While the number of passengers is high, the revenue per ticket is very low. Hence, there is a need for cost effective and efficient system of quick disbursal of ticket which saves time for passengers and prevents leakage of revenue for Railways.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 5

Railways have Reservation Offices at about 3500 locations across the country. The exact location of the Reservation Office is usually not available to the passengers. A software solution to provide location of the Reservation Office along with directions will be helpful to general public.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Indian Railways Time Table for trains available for reservation as on 03.08.2015 https://data.gov.in/catalog/indian-railways-train-time-table-0
Total Submissions : 6

Security of passengers and their belongings is of paramount importance for Indian Railways. In case of any untoward incident or incident of crime against passengers and their belongings matter can be reported to Government Railway Police at Railway stations and on trains and also through given security helpline telephone number 182. A software solution need to be provided for online registration of FIR over entire network of Indian Railway for speedy initiation of action by GRP.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 3

The condition of Railway track is critical for safety of train operations. The condition of tracks needs to be monitored proactively. A software solution which keeps track of the condition of the track and allied infrastructure and generates auto warning messages about the need of urgent maintenance can help in preventing untoward incidents.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 1

The linkage of public transport buses with the schedule of commuter trains can help in saving time for public as they will not be required to wait for the train at the station. The timing of reaching of public transport bus should be close to the arrival of the train at the station. It will also help in reducing crowd at the station waiting for the train.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 4

Issue of bypassing checks related to IP and multiple IDs creation are reported on e-ticketing website irctc.co.in.  A solution to the issue by linking of IP address, Machine ID, User ID etc., needs to be developed to ensure implementation of checks regarding maximum number of tickets being booked by an individual.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 2

Expenditure on Energy is one of the biggest heads of expenditure for Indian Railways. Energy utilization by various locomotives, buildings, station premises, offices needs to be optimized to prevent wasteful usage. Software solution can be helpful in monitoring the actual usage of energy and it can also compare usage by similar entity across the organization. Cases of excessive usage of energy over and above the requirement can be identified.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 3

Huge amount of waste is generated on Railway stations and on trains.  Efficient waste management will help in keeping the station premises and trains clean and also enhance passenger comfort. Solid waste generated at workplaces, colonies, hospitals, etc is also required to be disposed properly. Software solution for efficient waste management can help in timely action.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 0

Parcel and luggage packages are booked for transport from one station to another. A receipt is issued to the consigner on depositing the package at parcel/luggage office.  At some stations where computerization of parcel office has been implemented, Barcode tags are pasted on package.  At present, the mechanism of tracking of individual package is not available.  Customer wants the information about current location of the package on Indian Railways system.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 1

Coaches and Wagons are maintained as per schedule in nominated depots.  The availability of complete profile of each coach and wagon at a centralized data base and its analysis can help in generating useful information about the causes of breakdowns, likely failures in future in specific coach or wagons and thereby enabling planning for maintenance.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Average Load Of Goods Trains (All Tracation) Broad Gauge and Metre Gauge upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/train-usage
Wagon Kilometres (In Terms Of 4-Wheelers) upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/operating-statistics-trains
Gross Tonne Kms. Including Weight Of Engine but excluding departmental ( Goods and proportion of mixed) upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/operating-statistics-trains
Train Kilometres Operated All Gauge ( including narrow) upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/operating-statistics-trains
Net Tonne Kilometres By Traction (Excluding Departmental) upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/operating-statistics-trains
Speed Of Goods Trains – All goods trains including through Van and Shunting trains – Metre Gauge upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/average-speed-goods-train
Speed Of Goods Trains- Through Goods Trains – Broad Gauge upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/average-speed-goods-train
Speed Of Goods Trains – All goods trains including Through, Van and Shunting Trains – Broad Gauge upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/average-speed-goods-train
Total Submissions : 0

Indian Railways have multiple types of signaling system.   Failures of signals severely affect the movement of traffic.  Predictive analysis which can help identify the likely failure cases in near future can help in timely attention thereby preventing failures.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 0

Indian Railways have telecom connectivity through RailTel OFC network, BSNL etc., for reserved ticketing counters, Unreserved ticketing counters, freight operations information system terminals etc., across the country.  The uptime of telecom channels is monitored through network management system.  A software solution to monitor the telecom channels, analyze the status or performance of various channels and prevent failures can help in improving performance.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 7

At present, ticket checking is done on trains, at station exit and also at platforms.  Ticket checking is manual process and due to shortage of ticket checking staff, only a small number of passengers are checked.  There is need for solution which can ensure 100% ticket checking.  The solution should be such that passenger need not have to wait for getting his ticket checked.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Indian Railways Time Table for trains available for reservation as on 03.08.2015 https://data.gov.in/catalog/indian-railways-train-time-table-0
Traiffic Density Statistics upto 2013-14 https://data.gov.in/catalog/train-traffic-density-statistics
Total Submissions : 8

At several places, railway tracks are at the level of road.  Due to resource constraints, no railway staff is posted at many such crossings of railway track and road.  Accidents are often reported due to negligence by the road users.  A solution to this problem    needs to be developed which is effective and cost efficient.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 1

All regularly purchased items on Indian Railways are allotted a unique code called Price List Number (PLN).  In the database there are lakhs of records.  In some cases, same PL Numbers has been allotted to multiple items and in other cases multiple PL numbers have been allotted to same item.  An application needs to be developed to suggest duplicate PL Numbers by finding similarity in the PL description fields of different PL Numbers so as to eliminate the duplicity in data.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 1

In e-procurement system of Railways, several forms require creation of numbered list (like insertion of items in a tender document).  In such cases, multi level numbered lists are allowed.  In case of manual numbering, the user is required to manually edit the numbering of all subsequent items in case of any editing.  To improve user experience, it is intended to use auto numbering with features like auto updating of all serial numbers in case of insertion or deletion of row, user to be able to edit any or all serial numbers.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 2

Some of the Rail Bridges on Indian Railway network are very old.  Monitoring the condition of rail bridges is extremely important for safe train operations.  A software solution to monitor the condition of bridges can help in timely maintenance.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 2

At present, the allocation of accommodation in Railway Rest Houses, Holidays Homes is done manually.  The request is to be given in writing and there is no mechanism to advise the applicant about status of booking of rooms.  This causes uncertainty and difficulty in planning one’s programme.  An online system of submitting request and allocation of rooms is required.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 0

Railway stations are used by two categories of passengers – daily commuters and occasional travelers.    Involving passengers in station upkeep through education and active participation can help in finding a lasting solution.  Software to keep people engaged about the need to maintain the railway stations is required.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 1

Rail accidents cause loss of life, property and hardships to passengers and railways.  Participation of all the stake holders viz., passengers, railways, local administration and citizens in nearby areas can help in speedy restoration.  A software solution to seek support and get required help in time is required.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 3

Indian Railways have separate mobile Apps for train enquiry, e-ticketing, unreserved ticketing etc.  Unification of all the Apps on single platform will increase convenience for the users as well as improve popularity of the App.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 3

A host of facilities are available at major railway stations.  However, passengers are often unaware of the location of such facilities.  An application to provide virtual tour of Railway Station can be helpful in facilitating the information flow to the passengers.

Sample Data Required: No

Total Submissions : 1

Indian Railways have various websites viz, indianrailways.gov.in, indianrail.gov.in, irctc.co.in, enquiry.indianrail.gov.in.  The traffic on websites gets divided and user has to access different website for different services.  Integration of all websites into a single website will help in user convenience and greater popularity.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 0

Data from enquiry websites is being used by several other websites without proper authorization from railways. Unauthorized usage of data puts additional loads on the websites and slows down its performance.  A solution to prevent unauthorized data scrapping is required.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 1

More than 2 crore passengers and 13 lakhs employees use railway infrastructure and offices.  Promoting behavioral change among passengers and employees to use energy efficient habits can help in saving energy. A software solution to keep reminding employees and passengers about efficient methods of using electric equipments is required.

Sample Data Required: Yes

Total Submissions : 0

Identification of Beneficiaries of Railway Health Services at the point of delivery of service can help in preventing pilferage of resources and also help in creating health profile of the patients. It can help in planning resources and man power required. Linkage of Aadhar can also be considered.

Sample Data Required: Yes