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DFC to be commissioned in 2 years 25 July 2017

The Railways will complete the Western and Eastern freight corridors connecting Mumbai with Delhi and Ludhiana with Kolkata in the next 2 years, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain informed the Rajya Sabha.

The two railway lines exclusively meant for the freight trains apart from the existing two railway lines for passenger trains are being laid between Mumbai and Delhi and Ludhiana and Kolkata at a cost of nearly INR 82,000 crores.

Ministry of Railways have sanctioned implementation of Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs), namely, Western DFC (1504 km) and Eastern DFC (1856 km) way back in 2007 by the UPA Government. A freight corridor between Delhi and Che...

IRCTC to install 1,100 water vending machines at railway stations 24 July 2017

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) plans to install 1,100 water vending machines at 450 stations in 2017-2018 as part of its efforts to ensure clean drinking water at low cost in rail premises across the country.

A glass of 300 ml water dispensed through these machines will cost just Re 1.

The railway ministry in a series of tweets today said these water vending machines (WVM) will provide clean drinking water at low cost, and that the initiative will help in generating employment for around 2,000 people. At present, there are 1,106 WVMs at 345 stations in the country, the ministry said.

The project of setting up WVMs was initia...

Railways biggest govt. litigant with over 66,000 cases 17 July 2017

The railway ministry is the biggest litigant among the government departments as it is a party to over 66,000 cases pending in courts across the country, the law ministry says.

Government litigation includes service matters, disputes with private entities as well as disputes between two government departments and two PSUs, according to a law ministry document of June 2017.

Citing data available on the LIMBS — Legal Information Management and Briefing System — website, the document states that 1,35,060 government cases and 369 contempt cases against government or its officials were pending in courts as on June 12.

Railways with 66,685 cases p...

Box rail service between India & Bangladesh being mulled 17 July 2017

India and Bangladesh are planning the trial run of a container train between Kolkata and Dhaka in August.

The aim is to ascertain whether a service can be run on commercial basis, it is learnt.

Sources said that It is proposed that a full rake of empty containers will go through the connection between Gede in India and Darshana in Bangladesh, the only broad gauge line between the two countries. Gede is the last station and border checkpoint on the way to Bangladesh in Krishnaganj CD Block in Nadia district of West Bengal.

The corresponding station on the Bangladesh side is Darshana. Bangladesh will send the rake back with export cargo.


China plans to to start rail service to Pakistan through CPEC 07 July 2017

China is planning to launch a road and rail freight service to Pakistan through the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a move which could raise concerns in India .

The new line will start from Lanzhou, capital of northwestern China's Gansu Province, travelling through Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to the Gwadar Port of Pakistan, said Xu Chunhua, director of Lanzhou International Trade and Logistic Park.

However, it has not been specified when the service will be launched. In May last year, a rail and road cargo service opened between Lanzhou and Kathmandu.

Xu said the cargo service has been welcomed by south Asian c...

Indian Railways reports over 10% revenue growth in Q1 06 July 2017

The Indian Railways posted revenue growth of more than 10% in the first quarter, aided by its dynamic fare system for premium trains.

Robust growth in the passenger and freight segments helped the railways boost combined revenue to INR 43,000 crore in the three months ended June from INR 38,833 crore in the same period last year. Revenue in the passenger segment increased to almost INR 14,000 crore from INR 12,000 crore a year earlier.

A top rail official said that “This is the highest ever revenue railways have posted in the passenger segment. Higher earnings have been driven due to the dynamic fare system for all premium trains. We have launched more premi...

Railways sanctions INR 748 cr Jeypore and Nabarangpur new line 05 July 2017

Officials said that the Ministry of Railways has sanctioned a new broad gauge (BG) line between Jeypore and Nabarangpur in Odisha.

The 38 kilometer (km) long new line project will be implemented on cost-sharing basis of 50% each between the Railways and Odisha government.

The cost of the project is INR 747.91 crore and is expected to be completed in three years.

The project is important for connecting Nabarangpur district of western Odisha with Jeypore in the southern region to an existing station on the Kottavalasa-Kirandul line.

The new line will provide connectivity to important towns like Koraput and Jeypore in Odisha and Jagdalpur and Da...

IR to introduce new Economy AC coaches 03 July 2017

Train passengers will soon have option of travelling in a new class of 'Economy AC coaches' with fares less than normal 3AC tariff.

The proposed fully AC train will have three-tier Economy AC coaches besides AC-3, AC-2 and AC-1 classes as part of the transformation exercise.

An added feature would be automatic doors. However, the passengers will not require blankets in the Economy AC class like other AC coaches as the temperature will be around 24-25 degrees.

Currently Mail and Express trains have Sleeper, Third AC, Second AC and First AC classes while Rajdhani, Shatabdi and recently introduced Humsafar and Tejas trains are fully air- conditione...

SCR to start special trains between Secunderabad-Guwahati 01 July 2017

South Central Railway (SCR) will run 26 special trains between Secunderabad and Guwahati to clear extra rush of passengers.

Accordingly, Train No. 07149 Secunderabad – Guwahati Special train will depart from Secunderabad at 7.30 a.m. on July 7, 14, 21, 28, August 4,11, 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (Friday) and arrive Guwahati at 8.45 a.m. on Sunday.

In the return direction, Train No. 07150 Guwahati – Secunderabad Special train will depart from Guwahti at 5.25 a.m. on July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11, 18,25 September and October 2 (Monday) and arrive Secunderabad at 9.15 a.m. on Wednesday.

These special trai...

RLDA & NBCC to redevelop 10 railway stations 01 July 2017

Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) today joined hands with National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) for redevelopment of 10 railway stations across the country on global standards.

The Railways has embarked on an ambitious project to redevelop 403 stations with the participation of private players, public sector and foreign agencies.

The identified stations to be taken up initially by NBCC for redevelopment are Tirupati, Sarai Rohilla (Delhi), Nellore, Puducherry, Madgaon, Lucknow, Gomtinagar, Kota, Thane (New), and Ernakulam.

An MoU was signed between RLDA, an arm of the Railways for commercial exploitation of rail land, and NBCC, a PSU of...

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