Thursday, September 3, 2015

Railways slashes iron ore freight rates to boost exports



KOLKATA: The Indian Railways has slashed the cost of transporting iron ore for exports for the first time since March 2012 by levying a flat distance-based charge across all slabs in response to "significant changes in the market".

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Railways to soon sign MoU with ISRO for using Geospatial, satellite technologies



Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said for using geospatial technology and satellite technology for various operations of Railways, a Memorandum of Understanding will soon be signed between the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) (the IT arm of the Ministry) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Bibek Debroy’s Plan to turn-around the Indian Railways



The object in India for such a density of population should be to construct locomotive railways for trunk lines of communication, and horse railways for the short branches, says Bibek Debroy.

WCR is first Zone eliminating unmanned LC's

The West-Central Railway (Headquarter: Jabalpur) Zone has become the first Railway Zone on Indian Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings from its system by 31st August, 2015.

Railway employees threaten to join indefinite strike by trade unions starting Nov 23

CHENNAI: Railway employees will join an indefinite strike called by central government employees starting November 23 if the Union government does not respond to the one-day strike held by trade unions on Wednesday, said N Kanniah, working president of All India Railwayman's Federation and general secretary of Southern Railway Mazdoor Union (SRMU). Railways was exempted from Wednesday's strike.

Rs 42,000 crore railway locomotives unit project in Bhar



MUMBAI: Ahead of the Bihar elections, the government is trying to expedite the much-delayed order for setting up two manufacturing units for railway locomotives that will attract an investment of Rs 42,000 crore in the state and two international majors are leading the race for it.

Trade Union strike affects rail, road, bank services



Normal life was affected in various parts of the country, including in West Bengal, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana as 10 central trade unions on Wednesday went on a day-long nationwide strike to protest against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs.

Rail Pollution: NGT directs IR’s Environment Directorate to file a reply on direct discharge through toilets on Railway lines



Pune: The National Green Tribunal (West Zone) has directed the environment directorate of the railway ministry to file a reply on the issue of direct discharge through toilets on the Indian Railways system which leads to massive pollution, an activist said on Tuesday.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Locomotive engine, compartment derail at Bengaluru railway station

BENGALURU: Days after Nanded express derailed near Penukonda after a granite truck rammed into, killing five including truck assistant, locomotive engine and a general compartment of Prashanti express, arriving to city from Guwahati derailed in platform 3 of City railway station on Friday noon.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Peacock `gatecrashes' train, two loco drivers injured


Two loco pilots of Mayiladuthurai-bound Jan Shatabdi Express were injured when a peacock smashed into the windshield of their cabin on Wednesday .The bird hit took place when the train was passing through Pasur near Karur.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Railway ministry announces inquiry

The Railway Ministry has ordered an inquiry into the Bangalore-Nanded Express train accident at a manned level crossing in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.Commissioner for Railway Safety, Southern Zone, will conduct the inquiry.

Mr PM railway safety your priority



With all the technological and innovative prowess India has, yet another tragic railway accident and the death of rail passengers erodes the faith of people in the country’s largest transport system, the Indian Railways.

Committee seeks special trains for festivals



The South Western Railway Passengers’ Welfare Committee has appealed to Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal to run some special festival trains to different destinations from the division.

Monday, August 24, 2015

The right Recipe for Indian Railways



Indian Railways has been analysed by expert groups and committees extensively and frequently. Two recent expert panels—led by Rakesh Mohan and Bibek Debroy—currently engage attention. Strangely, IR’s own record of any volitional reform initiatives has been lacklustre.

Station masters threaten to halt railway ops if demand not met

Haridwar: There is resentment brewing among station masters in the Indian Railways. This is due to non-fulfillment of some of their demands which they consider long overdue. Now, the All-India Station Masters Association's (AISMA) secretary-general V N Chaudhari has called upon them to gear up for chakka jam on November 23 if these demands are not fulfilled by September 2.

Bangalore-Nanded train accident: Trains cancelled, diverted



Several express and passenger trains were cancelled or diverted on account of the derailment of Train Number 16594 Bangalore City – Nanded Express while passing level crossing gate between Rangepalli and Penukonda Stations on Dharmavaram section of Bangalore Division of South Western Railway on Monday morning.

Karnataka MLA among 5 dead in Andhra Pradesh train accident

Five people including a Karnataka legislator were killed early on Monday morning when a granite-laden truck rammed into an express train at a level crossing in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur, the second fatal accident this month involving the railways.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Railways sinking like ICU patient’


Echoing one of his predecessors Dinesh Trivedi of the Trinamul Congress, Union railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Friday compared the Indian Railways’ present condition with that of a patient admitted in the ICU. He also ruled out the possibility of the Indian Railway beating the Chinese Railway overnight and called for investments for infrastructure development to match its pace.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Rail travel has got even more unsafe

NEW DELHI: Even as railways tries to get control over maintenance of law and order in trains and station premises from state government, the latest government data could bolster its case as it shows security for travelers getting worse over the years.

Don’t Destroy Indian Railways in the Name of Reforms



Basudeb Acharia, Vice President, CITU

Government of India under Prime Minister ship of Narendra Modi appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Bibek Debroy to recommend total privatization of Indian Railways. This committee has submitted its final report where various recommendations have been made for complete privatization of Indian railways.

Railway officer Ashwani Lohani to be next AI chief

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Breaking down the Silos in Railways needed to ease long-term goals: Bibek Debroy



There will be a probe and eventually there will be some answers. At the moment, thanks to the double derailment between stations of Khirkiya and Harda, everyone knows about Machak river. But I wish reportage had been better. It’s a distance of only 32 km. Surely, we can make up our minds about the river’s name. Is it Machak or Kalimachak? These two rivers are different.

IR needs to first focus on running its own trains efficiently before allowing private players


Private sector entry in Telecom & Civil Aviation has completely changed the Consumer Experience since last a decade, in India. However, the Bibek Debroy panel’s recommendation of allowing the private companies to run passenger trains can’t take off till Indian Railways puts its own house in order in terms of ensuring adequate infrastructure, facilities, management and safety

Bengaluru-Mysuru high-speed rail possible, says Sreedharan

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRCL) principal advisor E Sreedharan has said that a high-speed rail line is possible between Bengaluru and Mysuru.

Track doubling on Bangalore-Mysore section nearing completion



Bangalore: Railways plan to increase the speed of trains operating on the Mysuru-Bengaluru section due to the near completion of the track doubling work between the two cities.