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CONCOR to start train service from ICD Agra to Mundra Port 25 May 2017

A new container train service from Inland Container Depot, Agra to Mundra Port was commenced by CONCOR on May 19, 2017 to fulfil the demand of exporters in the area.

The flag-off ceremony took place in the presence of Area Officer, N. C. Railway, Agra and other Railway officials, A. C. Customs and other Customs officials, exporters, CHAs and other service providers.

A release said that CONCOR thanked the trade in the area on the occasion.

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Rail cargo traffic expands for fourth month 22 May 2017

Freight traffic on Indian Railways (IR) expanded for the fourth consecutive month.

The last time volumes expanded for such a long stretch was in 2015. Growth in April 2017 stood at 4.6%.

In the previous 3 months, freight volumes grew in the range of 0.3-7.7%. The volume growth reflects rising demand for raw materials.

Iron ore, cement and raw materials for steel plants registered impressive growth. Container freight, which includes both domestic and export-import services, increased about 9% from a year ago on a tonnage basis.

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Railway Minister to launch free wi-fi facility at 28 stations in Konkan 22 May 2017

An official said that Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate the free wi-fi facility at 28 stations of Konkan Railway on Sunday.

The official said that "We have tied-up with Maharashtra's leading broadband and internet service provider company Joister, which will provide free wi-fi hotspots at 28 stations on the Konkan Railway network and Railway minister Suresh Prabhu will inaugurate this facility on May 21.”

"The move will help commuters of Konkan Railway and tourists to access essential information available on the internet. They will be able to use their time productively while waiting for the trains.”

The wi-fi ser...

AP Chamber seeks new trains, freight express 16 May 2017

The AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry (APCCI) have drawn the attention of Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mittal to the issues pertaining to the region apart from the long-pending demand for establishment of railway zone at Visakhapatnam.

In a memorandum submitted to the Railway Board Chairman during his visit to the city on Friday, APCCI Director O. Naresh Kumar sought among other things introduction of new super fast express trains from Visakhapatnam to Varanasi, Vijayawada and Chennai in addition to a dedicated tourist train to Araku.

The APCCI also sought dedicated freight express train Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad via Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam to Chennai.

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Southern railway to start 2 special trains 08 May 2017

Southern railway will launch two special trains to Kochuveli-Chennai Egmore and Kochuveli-Mangalore sectors to clear the extra rush of traffic.

In Kochuveli-Mangalore sector, Train No.06053 Kochuveli-Mangalore Junction special fare special train will leave Kochuveli at 6.35 pm on June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and reach Mangalore Junction at 5.10 am the next day.

In return journey, Train No.06054 Mangalore Junction-Kochuveli special fare special train will leave Mangalore Junction at 3.40 pm on June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 2 and reach Kochuveli at 5 am the next day.

One AC 3-tier, eight Sleeper Class, eight General Second Class and two luggage and brake van co...

South Central Railway to launch special train 06 May 2017

The South Central Railway (SCR) is running a special train between Hyderabad and Kakinada Port to clear the extra rush of passengers.

Accordingly, Train No. 07005 Hyderabad – Kakinada Port special train will depart from Hyderabad on Sunday at 6.50 p.m. and from Secunderabad at 7.20 p.m.

It will reach Kakinada Port at 5.35 a.m. on the next day.

The train will have halts at Nalgonda, Miryalaguda, Piduguralla, Sattenapalli,Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Tadepalligudem, Rajahmundry, Samalkot and Kakinada Town stations.

This special train will consist of 16 coaches including one AC II tier, one AC III tier, twelve sleeper class and two second cl...

Railways to invite bids for manufacturing modern coaches 02 May 2017

The Railways will invite financial bids worth over INR 20,000 crore for manufacturing around 5,000 AC and non-AC coaches that will be equipped with modern facilities and run faster than existing ones, at the Kanchrapara rail factory in West Bengal this month.

The public transporter intends to acquire 500 Electric Multiple Unit and Mainline Electric Multiple Unit coaches per year as assured offtake from the facility to make local and mainline train services faster and comfortable.

Equipped with automatic doors, forced ventilation system, bio-toilets, regenerative braking system and better interior design, the stainless steel coaches will run faster than the existin...

Railway Minister accepts Odisha railway proposal within 3 minutes 01 May 2017

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has accepted a proposal for a new railway line in Odisha within three minutes of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offering on Twitter to share half of the project cost.

Patnaik proposed the new line between Puri and Konark on the microblogging site at 10.05 PM last night and it was responded positively at 10.08 PM by Prabhu.

The CMO Odisha said that "CM Naveen Odisha proposes state sharing 50% of project cost for new rail line from Puri to Konark to boost tourism potential in Odisha.”

"CM Naveen_Odisha urged upon Union Ministry sureshpprabhu for early sanction of this project & signing an MoU for timely co...

Indian Railway wants Coal India to help develop railway stations 28 April 2017

Indian Railways (IR) is requesting Coal India to develop railway stations that support its sidings.

This was stated by AK Mittal, Member-Infrastructure, Railway Board, while speaking at a PHDCCI conference.

The Railways has set itself a target to develop over 20 stations this year. Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC’s) Sanjeev Lohia said, “The railway station development programme is also facing some challenges at presen.”

In a related move, according to a Northern Railway press release, the Northern Railways’ General Manager reiterated that station improvement and station redevelopment plans would be among the...

IR readies INR 5,000 cr PPP plan for 60 freight terminals 27 April 2017

Indian Railways (IR) is on track to set up 60 freight terminals on public-private partnership basis in this financial year, buoyed by increased freight loading in the previous fiscal.

Officials said that the INR 5,000-crore plan will help add nearly 55 million tonnes (mt) to the total loading capacity of the railways.

“We have got requests from a lot of companies that want to set up freight terminals. We are studying their proposals, after which the permission will be granted,” a senior Railway Board official said, without disclosing the names of the companies.

In 2016-17, the railways added 40 freight terminals to its network. Companies inc...

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