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Delhi-bound Kalindi Express collides with cargo train at Tundla 20 February 2017

Delhi-bound Kalindi Express collided with a cargo train and derailed at Tundla junction in the wee hours today.

No casualty has been reported.

Railway sources said that the train, which was coming from Kanpur, collided with the goods train after the driver apparently overshot the signal.

6 bogies of the Kalindi Express derailed, disrupting traffic on the Kanpur-Delhi route.


NITI Aayog reviews high speed rail project 20 February 2017

The NITI Aayog has reviewed the progress of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project for which the groundbreaking ceremony will take place during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this year.

The meeting, chaired by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya and attended by a 20-member Japanese delegation last week, decided to expedite preliminary work and obtain environmental clearances.

This was fourth meeting on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project.

A NITI Aayog official, who attended the meeting, said, “A general consultant from Japan has started working on the project since December. The official said, the next ...

Railways freight customers may get fixed rate contracts 18 February 2017

Transporting goods by train may soon get cheaper as the railways ministry is looking to launch special freight schemes with attractive long-term contracts for its customers as well as discounts on incremental freight loading.

Official said that Several other usage charges will be waived for key customers as part of the plan.

“All costumers transporting through railways will get a price predictability that the logistics cost won’t go up for the next three years. In the last two years our freight for different sectors has gone up by over 20%. So, this will help customers save on the logistics cost,” said a senior ministry official, who did not wish...

Ateli-Phulera rail link to be operational next year 15 February 2017

The Ateli (near Rewari in Uttar Pradesh) – Phulera (near Jaipur in Rajasthan) link of western rail freight corridor, being implemented by L&T-Sojitz consortium, is expected to start commercial operations by March 2018.

The corridor of about 190 kilometer (km) of routes and 380 km of tracks, is expected to smoothen container traffic movement to ports on the west coast, DS Rana, Director-Infrastructure, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation Limited (DFCCIL).

This will be the second stretch of rail link to be ready for commercial operations. As of now, a 56-km stretch of New Durgauti-Sasaram section of the eastern freight corridor is ready, on which a comm...

Guard-less movement of cargo trains in the offing 14 February 2017

Guard service in freight trains may be a thing of the past once the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) becomes operational with end wagons to be fitted with sensors.

End to Train Telemetry (EOTT) is a device which makes it possible to monitor in the driver's cab of the loco the brake pipe pressure in the last vehicle of the train.

Doing away with deployment of guards in each freight train, the corridor will equip the rear end of a wagon with this modern electronic system at an estimated cost of INR 5 lakh.

According to Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation (DFCC) Managing Director Adesh Sharma, the driver will monitor the train movement through EoTT ...

Railways set ambitious target for freight next fiscal 10 February 2017

As long as rail freight is dependent on handful of commodities for its revenue, it's freight load targets will remain vulunerable, said IFTRT.

"If we see broad groups over 100 variety of goods (raw materials, intermediate and finished products) are moved by road freight. Thus, capacity of truck freight has better capacity to face to great extend, the wageries/uncertainties of cargo offerings in the market due to domestic and international factors," said IFTRT senior fellow and coordinator SP Singh.

According to the IFTRT report, it estimates that the cargo loading by Road : Rail freight( above 250 kms journey onwards) stands around 80:20. Singh said....

CONCOR announces scheduled train services between Vadodara & Pipavav Port 09 February 2017

The Container Corporation of India (CONCOR) has announced scheduled train services between its Vadodara terminal and the Port of Pipavav.

The first service will depart from RCT-BRC on March 8, 2017.

This will be followed by another service on March 22.

The third train will run from RCT-BRC on April 5, 2017. As many of the vessels call at Pipavav Port on Saturdays/Sundays, the schedule is planned to cater exactly to the trade’s needs.

This new initiative is to cater to the huge demand from the ex-im trade for rail movement of containers between Vadodara and Pipavav, the release said, adding that the frequency can be increased to one trai...

23 stations to be brought under Redevelopment plan 07 February 2017

The Secunderabad and Vijayawada railway stations are among 23 stations to be taken up under the Station Redevelopment Plan of the Indian Railways.

The project, considered to be amongst the largest to be taken up, is the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu is set to launch the project in New Delhi on February 8.

The Station Redevelopment Project is being taken up under the Swiss Challenge method, which involves inviting a proposal online and permitting rival bidders to beat that proposal with a more attractive one.

In the first phase, 23 railway stations have been selected for the project which ...

NFR plan outlay increased by 24% in Budget 06 February 2017

Union Budget 2017-18 has increased the plan outlay of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) from INR 7,620 crore in 2016-17 to INR 9,422 crore in the next fiscal, which is an increase of 24%.

National project of Bogibeel Bridge in Upper Assam's Dibrugarh, which will connect North and South banks of mighty Brahmaputra River, is likely to be completed by December 25, 2017.

Kamakhya railway station in Guwahati is selected as one of the 25 stations across the country for redevelopment in the 2017-18 Budget.

Tender notice for technical-cum-financial proposal for re-development at the cost of INR 225 crore will be floated soon.

Union Minister of Sta...

16.5% increase in railway fund for Bihar 04 February 2017

Bihar seems to have gained considerably in the allocation for railways in the first integrated Union budget tabled by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday.

From INR 3171 crore in 2016-17, the allocation for Bihar has been increased to INR 3696 crore in the fiscal 2017-18, an increase of 16.56%.

The average allocation for the state in the rail budget from fiscal 2009-10 to 2013-14 had been INR 1133 crore.

DK Gayen, general manager of East Central Railway (ECR) said“Though the details of provisions for railway, including schemes and new ventures, will be tabled in Parliament later, the integrated budget in no way has affected the functio...

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