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Rail freight corridor may lead to lower bidding for road projects 23 March 2017

The construction of a dedicated rail freight corridor may lead to investors lowering their bids for road projects, even as more and more stretches of the Railways have started moving trucks on trains.

According to Crisil Research estimates, the first 75 operational highway projects tendered under the toll-operate-toll model may fetch around INR 40,000 crore against original estimates of about INR 70,000 crore, which was later revised downward.

The lowering of bids are likely because investors would factor in the freight-heavy nature of national highway traffic in India, the associated volatility, and the reduction in road freight growth expected after the implemen...

Railways aims to save up to INR 400 cr annually 20 March 2017

The Railways aims to cut down its water bill and save up to INR 400 crore annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water from private players.

With the dual aim of conserving the precious resource and reducing its consumption, the Railways will unveil its water policy, a first for the national transporter, for extensive use of treated water from water treatment plants for non-drinking purposes.

The Indian Railways Water Policy, expected to be rolled out on March 22 (World Water Day), will spell out the way forward for all the railway zones including colonies, hospitals, factories, workshops and training centres to achieve the goal of reduced consumption and inc...

South Eastern Railway freight loading rises 11% 17 March 2017

South Eastern Railway (SER) during the first eleven months (April 2016 to February 2017) has seen a near 11% rise in freight loading to 133.80 million tonnes (mt). For the corresponding 11-month-period last fiscal this number stood at 120.87 mt.

According to a release issued by SER, this is 3.73% above the target set by the Railway Board for the period under review.

During the first eleven months of current financial year, loading of iron ore was to the tune of 77.84 mt, a growth of 16.72% compared to the same period last year.

SER has generated freight earnings of INR 10059 crore (apprx) during April-February period, an increase of nearly 8%.

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DP World & Concor launch new dedicated train service 08 March 2017

DP World and Container Corporation of India (Concor) has introduced a new dedicated train service between Bengaluru-Kochi.

The train from Bengaluru will depart every Friday night from ICD Whitefield and reach Kochi on Sunday morning and the train from Kochi will depart every Thursday to reach Bengaluru on Friday.

Speaking after flagging off the service, Anup Dayanand Sadhu, Group General Manager, Concor India, said that the introduction of the new weekly service would significantly reduce transit time and cost for the local businesses/exporters in Karnataka to sectors like West Asia, Europe, Mediterranean etc. Through connections like these, Concor aims to strengt...

Railways to start special trains for Varanasi & Ahmedabad 04 March 2017

The Varanasi–Anand Vihar Holi special train will depart from Varanasi at 11.20 pm on March 9 and 10 to reach Anand Vihar station here at 02.20 pm the next day.

In the return direction it will depart from Anand Vihar at 7.30 pm on March 10 and 11 to reach Varanasi at 11 am the next day.

An official railway release said that comprising eight sleeper class coaches, eight general class besides two second class cum luggage and brake van coaches, the train will stop at Sultanpur, Lucknow, Bareilly and Moradabad stations en route in both the directions.

The Delhi Sarai Rohilla–Ahmedabad Holi special train will depart from Delhi Sarai Rohilla at 3.5...

Rail freight service connecting India with Iran and Turkey 04 March 2017

Indian Railways is exploring the possibility of a transcontinental rail freight service connecting India with Iran and Turkey.

Considered to be a major boost for trade and economic development of the Asia Pacific region, a trans-container goods train from Dhaka to Istanbul covering Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.

Even though Bhutan and Afghanistan do not have rail connectivity at present, Bhutan can be connected by road from Kolkata and in Afghanistan containers can be loaded by connecting road routes with the railway network at Quetta.

Codenamed the ‘ITI-DKD’ route, the ambitious international proje...

Railways will launch integrated mobile app for total travel solutions 03 March 2017

The Railways will launch an integrated mobile application for all travel-related services, including ticketing, hiring taxis and porters, in order to make a journey hassle-free.

The mobile app is set to be launched in May. Though there are various mobile applications available for booking tickets, taxis, e-catering and other such services, the integrated app will cover almost the entire gamut of travelling, a senior railway ministry official involved with the project said.

As per the new business plan 2017-18 launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today, the mobile app aims at becoming a one-stop solution for various travel related services, like booking ticke...

India proposes direct rail link of freight train to Bangladesh 27 February 2017

India is pushing for better land connectivity with neighbouring Nepal and Bangladesh for effective sub-regional cooperation despite the obstacles created by the absence of SAARC Motor Vehicles and Railways Agreements.

In what would be first of its kind, India has expressed interest to link Kathmandu with Delhi and Kolkata, using direct railway lines in a bid to strengthen cross-border connectivity and facilitate people movement between the two countries.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu announced this during a trip to Kathmandu recently. Besides, the Modi Government ahead of PM Sheikh Hasina’s proposed visit to India either March-end or early-April has asked ...

SR will start summer special trains in March 23 February 2017

Train No 6336 Kochuveli - Guwahati special fare train via Perambur will leave Kochuveli at 12 noon on March 12, 19 and 26 (Sundays) to reach Guwahati at 8.45 am on Wednesdays. Eight Sleeper Class, six General Second Class and two Luggage-cum-brake van coaches is the composition of the train.

The train will have stoppages at Kollam, Kayankulam, Chengannur, Tiruvalla, Kottayam, Ernakulam Town, Aluva, Thrissur, Palakkad, Podanur, Tiruppur, Erode, Salem, Jolarpettai, Katpadi, Arakkonam, Perambur, Gudur, Nellore, Ongole, Tenali, New Guntur, Vijayawada, Eluru, Rajahmundry, Duvvada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam Road, Palasa, Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, ...

SER tops list of 16 railway zones in performance rating 22 February 2017

The South Eastern Railway has scored the highest among 16 railway zones in performance rating by the Ministry of Railways across different sectors like freight loading and passenger traffic.

SER spokesman Sanjoy Ghosh said, the SER topped the chart with 75.48% marks as per performance from April, 2016 to December, 2016 among the 16 zones of the Indian Railways.

The Kolkata-headquartered zonal railway, which handles most of the freight traffic in mineral-rich Jharkhand and parts of West Bengal, has scored 9.95 out of 10 in originating freight loading. In originating passenger traffic, the SER has scored 7.10 out of 10, according to the scoresheet made by the Railwa...

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