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    Indian Railways prepares for a post-Covid world

    After being shut for months on end, it looks like the Indian Railways could soon be back on track, and will need to adapt to the expectations of a coronavirus contaminated world.

    Indian Railways freight loading in July surpasses last year’s level

    The freight loading, though picked up in May and June, actually surpassed last year’s level on July 27 when it stood at 3.13 MT. A total of 1039 rakes were loaded as on July 27 which includes 76 rakes of foodgrain, 67 rakes of fertilizer, 49 rakes of steel, 113 rakes of cement, 113 rakes of iron ore and 363 rakes of coal, ministry of railway said in a statement.

    How Indian Railways is planning to bring private entities on track

    Indian Railways is planning to introduce the first set of 12 private trains in 2023, followed by 45 more in the next fiscal. In total, 151 such train services by 2027.

    Indian Railways plans to monetise assets of Dedicated Freight Corridor project

    The move comes close on the heels of the Indian Railways’ big-bang announcement to allow private operators in passenger train operations from 2023, entailing an investment of ₹30,000 crore. Indian Railways has already issued a request for qualification for all 12 clusters that includes 109 routes.

    Indian Railways rules out renegotiating loan with Japan on bullet train project

    The high speed rail network is estimated to cost Rs 1.1 lakh crore including the purchase of 24 train sets, interest during construction and import duties. The JICA is funding 81% of the total project cost, through a loan. Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav agreed that there will be a rise in the cost of the project but denied that there was any renegotiation on the loan with JICA.

    Indian Railways ups the ante to fight coronavirus

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Indian Railways has decided to sell essentials such as masks, sanitizers, gloves, etc. at the multi-purpose stalls at its stations.

    How Indian Railways is keeping the isolation coaches cool

    The ministry ruled out AC coaches after discussions were held with NITI Aayog and ministry of health & family welfare as the transmission risk of Covid-19 was higher in AC coaches due to ducting and a higher ambient temperature was suitable in fighting the virus.

    Watch: Indian Railways showcase creative solutions to combat Covid

    Innovative minds in Indian Railways showcase their creative solutions to combat Covid-19. An ideal device to ensure social distance at the workplace - A novel initiative by Thiruvananthapuram Division (SR)Watch: Indian Railways showcase creative solutions to combat Covid

    BHEL commissions solar PV plant in Madhya Pradesh for Indian Railways

    State-run engineering firm BHEL on Thursday said it has successfully commissioned a 1.7 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Bina in Madhya Pradesh for the Indian Railways. The plant will directly feed power to traction systems of Indian Railways.

    44 Vande Bharat trains to hit the tracks in next 3 years, says Indian Railways

    "A decision was taken some months back that the three manufacturing units of the Railways will manufacture these trains thereby reducing the time taken to roll them out by one-third. The 44 trains will start running in the next two to three years. Once the tender is finalised a definite timeline will be made available, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said.

    Indian Railways to cover all wagons, locomotives and coaches under RFID tags by 2022

    Using RFID devices, it would be easier for the railways to know the exact position of wagons, locomotives and coaches. Currently, such data is maintained manually, which leaves scope for errors, Indian Railways said in a press release today.

    Indian Railways takes steps to minimise human contact as ticket examiners to scan QR codes

    Divisional Manager Tarun Prakash said that the initiative was launched on July 22 in view of the Covid pandemic.

    Here’s why everyone is looking for a slice of the Indian Railways pie

    At the start of July, Indian Railways officially set in motion their privatisation plan, inviting requests for qualification from interested private companies, here’s all the potential contenders

    SAIL's BSP begins production of vanadium rails for Indian Railways

    Indian Railways is moving towards higher speed and axle load rails for which it required SAIL to produce R 260 grade and SAIL has started successfully producing the same.

    HDFC Bank’s Rs 12,000 cr loans to IRFC hints at resumption of the project financing cycle

    HDFC Bank is traditionally known for sanctioning working capital loans. But it began to disburse long-term project loans since past few years after its peers went slow dragging a bag of bad loans. Loans given to institutions, marked as wholesale book, formed 52% of its domestic loans.

    Railways spends Rs 27,655 crore in capital investment in northeastern projects

    The major projects that were completed during the last 6 years include Bogibeel Rail cum Road Bridge: 5 km Bogibeel Rail cum Road Bridge across river Brahmaputra commissioned and dedicated to the Nation by Prime Minister in December 2018.

    16 firms show up at Indian Railways' pre-application conference on private trains

    ​​The railway ministry, in a first of its kind initiative, is aiming to have private players operate passenger trains by April 2023. The initiative aims to improve the availability of transportation services provided by the railways, introducing modern rolling stock, boost job opportunities and new services for overall better travel experience of passengers.

    Piyush Goyal seeks crowdsourcing of ideas from railway employees to boost profitability

    The national transporter is also in the process of finalising various cost-cutting measures to bring down its expenses. Addressing an online 'Workman Sanghosti' in which representatives of railway workers unions across the country participated, Goyal asked the general managers to seek ideas from the workforce in their respective regions.

    Private companies to board redevelopment train to upgrade 150 railway stations

    Railways is looking to have 151 high-speed private trains operational by 2023. As only a small number of passenger trains remain operational because of Covid-19, the excess rail network capacity has allowed the national transporter to scale up the freight business.

    Shramik trains helped avert a 'humanitarian crisis': Report

    “Helping approximately 6.3 million migrant workers get home safely, and expeditiously, was necessary to save India from a huge humanitarian crisis,” said the report published by Milind Sohoni and Vijaya Sunder M, Professors at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

    Indian Railways may run 40 new trains between Delhi and various other cities, says report

    According to the report, the trains from Delhi to other destinations include — New Delhi-Amritsar, New Delhi-Chandigarh, Sarai Rohilla-Porbandar, Delhi-Bhagalpur and Old Delhi- Ferozepur, among others. The proposed trains to Delhi, on the other hand, include those from Jodhpur, Kamakhya(Guwahati), Dibrugarh, Gorakhpur, Indore, Muzaffarpur, etc.

    Indian Railways mulling discounts, cashbacks for late delivery for freight clients

    According to the latest data, railways' freight earnings dropped by Rs 8,283 crore during April and May, as compared to the same period last year, indicating a slow year ahead for the national transporter amidst the gloom of the coronavirus crisis.

    Maruti transports over 6.7 lakh cars through Indian Railways in 6 years

    The first dispatch of the company's vehicles by double-decker flexi-deck rakes took place in March 2014. The increased focus on using railways has helped the company offset nearly 3,000 MT of carbon dioxide emissions, MSI said in a statement.

    View: The Railways rose to the occasion during the pandemic

    In terms of broad outcomes, IR has risen to the occasion and provided commendable service to the country’s people in these difficult times.

    Indian Railways runs record 2.8-km-long 'Shesh Naag' freight train

    Days after the Indian Railways created history by joining three trains carrying more than 1,500 tonnes in an 'Anaconda' formation, the Indian Railways broke its own record by operating 'Shesh Naag', a 2.8-km-long freight train amalgamating four empty BOXN rakes.

    Phase 1 of new Ayodhya station to be completed by Jun 2021: Railways

    The design of the railway station temple complete with domes, long "shikhars" and towering pillars has been conceptualised with the temple town in mind. Once completed, the station will have a built up area of 1,000,00 sq feet.

    Railway aims to triple its revenue from land monetisation

    Rail Land Development Authority, a division of the railway ministry that develops vacant land for commercial use, has identified a 9,500 square metre plot at Mahalaxmi in Mumbai, a 17.9-hectare plot in New Delhi’s Shakurbasti and an 8.83-hectare plot in Salt Golah near Howrah railway station for monetisation.

    COVID-19 digital push: Railways moves over 5 lakh files, 12 lakh documents online

    The use of Railways' e-office has grown manifold since the pandemic hit the country -- the number of e-receipts increased from 4.5 lakhs during March 2019 to March this year, to 16.5 lakhs in April-July this year; the number of e-files increased from 1.3 lakhs to 5.4 lakh during the same periods respectively.

    Watch: Indian Railways lifts Scherzer's span in Pamban Bridge to enable ships to pass

    Railway authorities lifted Scherzer's span in Pamban Railway Bridge in Rameswaram of Tamil Nadu, to enable ships and large vessels to pass.Watch: Indian Railways lifts Scherzer's span in Pamban Bridge to enable ships to pass

    Indian Railways looks at Re-skilling Manpower, no "net" job loss expected: Officials

    Owing to technological intervention, the profile of jobs is expected to change. “We won’t curtail jobs. Job profiles may change, but there won’t be job cuts,” Anand S Khati, Director General, Human Resource at Railway Board said in a web interaction with reporters on Friday. The Railway Board has directed all zonal railways to freeze new posts, apart from those in the safety category.

    I-Squared Capital, GMR among players to apply for station redevelopment

    The RfQ for redevelopment of Gwalior, Nagpur, Amritsar & Sabarmati was invited in December last year by Indian Railway Station Redevelopment Corporation (IRSDC), the nodal agency for redevelopment of railway stations in the country. The indicative station redevelopment cost for the four projects will be Rs 465 crore, Rs 300 crore, Rs 375 crore and Rs 156 crore respectively.

    Long dormant Samurai loans back in favour for India Inc

    The last Indian Samurai loan to close was a deal by hydro-power developer NHPC Ltd. in January.

    Indian Railways to upgrade speed of trains at 130 km/hr on two long routes

    Speaking on the issue, Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board Pradeep Kumar said, "The Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes are almost ready for fitness and signalling consideration. The trains on this route can run at a speed of 130 km per hour. In this financial year, trains are expected to run at this speed on these two routes."

    Indian Railways eyes Rs 50 crore from leasing of commercial complexes near stations

    The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) has floated two RFPs for development and leasing of 15 multi-functional complexes for a lease period of 45 years. These complexes are in the vicinity of respective station complexes and fall in the circulating area of the railway stations.

    Freeze on new posts to cutting down on stationary use, Indian Railways set to adopt austerity measures

    In a letter dated June 19, the financial commissioner of the railways told the general managers of all the zones that the traffic earnings of the national transporter dropped by 58 per cent at the end of May, as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. "There is a need to explore new areas of expenditure control and enhancement of earnings," the letter said.

    Indian Railways to offer 5 million sq ft commercial space under the redevelopment plan of four stations

    Indian Railway plans to transform country’s railway stations into world-class 24x7 hubs under the redevelopment plan. These redeveloped hubs will be called as ‘Railopolis’, and are expected to attract huge investment and business opportunities.

    Railways registering 'steady growth' in freight loading, economic activity picking up: Chairman Railway Board

    Freight loading in the month of April 2020 stood at 65 million tonnes, around 35% less than the same period last year, while it was 82 million tonne in May 2020, as compared to 105 million tonne in May 2019. Freight loading till June 17, 2020 stood at 52 million tonne, as compared to 57 million tonne loaded in the same period last year.

    Railways bids adieu to dak messengers as mode of communication to cut costs

    In a step to reducing costs and improving savings on establishments-related expenses, the Indian Railways issued an order to stop the services of dak messengers.

    Big private train ride: Railways is now planning private freight trains in dedicated corridors

    Buoyed by the early response to private passenger trains, the Railways is now steaming ahead with private freight trains as well.

    As cost cutting measure, Railways stops British-era practice of using Dak messengers

    The Railways has decided to do away with a British- era practice of sending confidential documents via personal or Dak messengers and instructed zones to move to communication via videoconferencing.

    Railways all set to introduce clause in procurement process to promote local suppliers

    Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal reviewed the steps to promote Make in India products in procurement process of Indian Railways as well as government of India, it said. During the meeting, Goyal urged to take measures to generate confidence in industry of corruption free and transparent procurement environment on Indian Railways.

    Expanding connectivity: First cargo train launched to Bangladesh via Bengal’s key border zone

    Senior dignitaries from both the countries are expected to flag off the handover, which will be conducted via video conferencing, according to the statement.

    With occupancy in Special passenger trains at 75%, Railways will not operate additional trains at present

    Scheduled passenger train services came to a halt after India implemented a nationwide lockdown in March to curb the spread of Covid-19. As restrictions were eased in phases, 30 Rajdhani trains were put into service in May and 200 trains started operations on June 1.

    Less utilisation of railways' COVID-19 care coaches a good sign: Official

    The railways, which has so far converted around 5,000 non-airconditioned coaches into COVID care centres, has deployed 813 of those with 12,472 beds in Delhi (503), Uttar Pradesh (270) and Bihar (40). Around 250 patients have been admitted to these centres so far and more than half of them discharged.

    Average fare on Shramik trains Rs 600, says Railways; generated Rs 360 crore in revenue

    "The average fare of Shramik Special trains is Rs 600 per passenger. One has to keep in mind that these are normal fares and not fares for special trains which are higher. We carried 60 lakh passengers, so the revenue can be calculated. We however, managed to recover only 15 per cent of cost of operations," said Yadav.

    In times of crisis, Indian Railways feeds India's poor

    Due to the pandemic, and the ensuing lockdown, millions of people across the country have been left wanting for food - especially those whose income has halted.

    Railway invites proposals for redevelopment of Bhuj station under PPP model

    Bhuj railway station is one of the 62 railways stations that we are redeveloping to enhance the passenger experience by providing modern amenities at the stations.

    Labourers, small bizmen returning to big cities: Suresh Angadi, MoS Railways

    The railways has been running special trains with the consent of state governments. “We will run more trains if the states ask for them. But many states are still battling the covid-19 pandemic,” the minister said.

    Thiruvananthapuram railway division sets up development unit to woo freight customers

    The setting up of the unit is in line with the Railway Board's initiative to increase the railway's share in India's freight/logistics sector, and double the quantity of freight carried by the railways by 2024, SK Sinha, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Thiruvananthapuram division, said in a press release.

    Indian Railways now keeping record of destination address of passengers for contact tracing

    "With effect from May 13, IRCTC taking destination address of all passengers booking tickets. This will help in contact tracing, if required later," Railway spokesperson RD Bajpai said, adding it would now be a permanent feature for the near future.

    View: How Railways can emerge as a key driver of India's growth in the post Covid era

    Efficient and optimal use of the railways could add up to 1% to India’s GDP. The Government of India cannot conduct this massive operation alone; it needs to involve the best resources via public private partnership (PPP) to help bring in the latest technology, leading practices and efficiencies.

    Demand for structural steel products surges in May-June due to lockdown induced labour shortage

    “We have been in this business for the past 10 years, but after this pandemic began and there was a labour shortage, we found enquiries for readymade steel structures going up multifold,” JSPL’s managing director, VR Sharma told.

    Indian Railways is back on track: Here's how it looks like now

    A special train is set to leave the New Delhi Railway Station following the resumption of passenger train services connecting major cities, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in New Delhi.

    First set of private trains to be introduced by 2023, all 151 such services by 2027: Railways timeline

    The first set of 12 private trains will be introduced in 2023, followed by 45 more in the next fiscal, according to an initial timeline drawn by the railways which plans to roll out all 151 such train services by 2027.

    Migrant workers slowly returning to cities; locals being trained to fill immediate gap

    Since the country has already entered Unlock 2.0, projects that were stalled due to the lockdown have resumed work, though with just half of their capacity as most of the labourers are yet to return.

    Govt comes out with methodology for rationalisation of coal linkages

    "Unlike the past rationalisation exercises, the present methodology on linkage rationalisation, covers the power as well as non-regulated sector (NRS), for all types of consumers," the coal ministry said in a statement.

    Indian Railways operationalises first 12,000 hp electric loco manufactured locally by Alstom

    Built by French company Alstom under the government's Make in India programme at the Railways' Madhepura factory in Bihar, these engines are the highest-powered locomotives that will run on Indian rails.

    Indian Railways: Western, Central zones to resume selected suburban services for essential staff

    Maharashtra: Western railways to resume services for selected routes. Only essential staff will be allowed to travel.Details by TIMES NOW's Aruneel.Indian Railways: Western, Central zones to resume selected suburban services for essential staff

    Indian Railways delivers camel milk for autistic child

    The Indian Railways, which has deployed its manpower for transporting essential items across the country, has transported 20 litres of camel milk to a family in Mumbai after a woman complained about its non-availability for her three-and-a-half-year-old autistic child, who is allergic to goat, cow and buffalo milk. The good work of the Indian Railways came to light when senior IPS officer Arun Bothra tweeted about it.

    Timeline to introduce private trains pushed to March 2024 to complete infra upgradation

    Yadav on July 2 had said that the new set of 151 private trains will be made operational in April 2023. The upgradation of railway network by March 2024 will allow operation of these private trains at 160 kmph, Yadav said. The upgradation of the railway network, which entails doubling of railway lines and electrification, would entail an investment of Rs 13.6 lakh crore by 2024, Yadav said.

    Indian Railways' geologists are caught between a rock and a (Covid) hard place

    Geological hurdles seem surmountable to the Railways when compared with the challenges of the pandemic.

    Nine firms in race to bag contracts for redevelopment of 4 railway stations under PPP

    The nine firms -- JKB Infrastructure, GMR Business and Consultancy Firm LLP, ISQ Asia Infrastructure Investments, Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd, Anchorage Infrastructure Investments Holdings Limited, Monte Carlo Limited, Kalyan Toll Infrastructure Limited, GR Infraprojects Limited, and Cube Construction Engineering -- have put in 29 separate applications for the redevelopment of the four stations.

    Amid coronavirus crisis, Indian Railways works on Pamban bridge

    Even as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, Indian railways is using this crisis to step up its work on the Pamban bridge.

    Keeping India on track: Why the current wave of rail reforms is actually "historic"

    The current wave of transformation is genuinely historic on two accounts. First, it is successful in operationalizing a vision of institutional unbundling that is rooted in the policy discourse of competitive federalism. Secondly, this wave of transformation focuses equally on the four key determinants competitiveness and long-term productivity.

    View: Govt's recent move on coal and railways will have serious economic implications

    GoI’s recent move on coal and railways is an interesting shift in strategy, especially if it is part of an overarching exercise to remove all preferences and privileges from PSUs and governmentrun businesses.

    Watch: Indian railway's coronavirus sanitisation tunnel

    Watch: Visuals of sanitisation tunnels made by the Indian railways. A person passing through it will be sanitised in 6-12 seconds. Watch: Indian railway's coronavirus sanitisation tunnel

    CCI directs 10 enterprises, officials to cease, desist from anti-competitive ways

    The cease and desist order has been passed against ten entities and some of their officials. The entities include Hindustan Composites Ltd, Industrial Laminates (India) Pvt Ltd, BIC Auto Pvt Ltd (now Masu Brake Pads Pvt Ltd), Escorts Ltd (Railway Equipment Division), Rane Brake Lining Ltd and Om Besco Super Friction Pvt Ltd.

    Boosting India-Bangladesh railway network connectivity; win-win for both sides

    India and Bangladesh are initiating a major step towards smoother trade connectivity through the railway network that is a potential game-changer and win-win for both sides.

    Railways sets target of becoming net zero carbon emitter and electrification of routes

    "Indian Railways has also taken a number of initiatives to promote solar energy. Indian Railways is working to harness the potential of 500 Mega Watt (MW) energy through roof top solar panels (Developer model)," the statement said.

    IRFC IPO likely by December-end, to fetch about Rs 500-1,000 crore

    IRFC raises funds from capital markets for funding expansion plans of the Indian Railways.

    In a first, India sends a parcel train to Bangladesh

    In a first ever cross-border movement, a special parcel train was sent to Benapole, Bangladesh.

    By 2030, India hope to be world’s first 100% green railway with net zero-emission: Piyush Goyal

    Commerce & Railway Minister Piyush Goyal attended the ‘India Global Week 2020’ through video conferencing. The three-day virtual conference will have 5,000 global participants from 30 nations. It is being addressed by 250 global speakers across 75 sessions.During the conference, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, “There're clear signs that India is on path of getting back into action. We've always shown ability to bounce back rapidly. Historically, India has suffered many challenges, but we always had resilience to come back into action quickly.” “PM has approved a program for 100% electrification of Indian Railways. We'll be the largest railways in world to be 100% electrified with 120,000 track km across India. By 2030, we hope to be world's first 100% green railway with net zero emission”, added the Railway Minister.By 2030, India hope to be world’s first 100% green railway with net zero-emission: Piyush Goyal

    Railways to cancel around 39 lakh tickets booked for Apr 15-May 3 due to lockdown extension

    With the national transporter allowing tickets to be booked during the 21-day lockdown announced earlier for journeys starting after April 14, around 39 lakh bookings were made by passengers.

    Traders' body protests after Chinese JV bids for 44 Vande Bharat trains

    ​CRRC Pioneer Electric (India) Private Limited, one of the six bidders for the project, is a joint venture of the state owned Chinese firm CRRC Corporation Ltd with a Gurugram-based company according to its website. The tender is for procuring propulsion systems or electric traction kits for 44 trains to function as the Vande Bharat Express or Train 18.

    IRCTC Q4 results: Net profit jumps 79% to Rs 150.6 crore; announces dividend of Rs 2.50 per share

    The company reported a net profit of Rs 150.6 crore, compared with Rs 84 crore a year ago.

    ABB-Hitachi venture wins big order from Railways

    As part of the Indian Railways' (IR) initiative to reach 100% electrification of its broad gauge lines by 2023, Hitachi ABB will be delivering the transformers to the Chittaranjan Locomotive Works in West Bengal, which is India's nodal electric locomotive manufacturing unit.

    Home Minister Amit Shah speaks to all CMs, seeks their views on extension of lockdown

    During his talks with the chief ministers, Shah sought to know the areas of concern of the states and the sectors they want to open up further from June 1. This was for the first time that the home minister spoke to the chief ministers individually before the end of another phase of the lockdown. Shah was present in all the conferences of chief ministers along with the prime minister.

    3,736 Shramik Special trains ferried over 48 lakh migrants since May 1

    The railways has distributed more than 85 lakh free meals and about 1.25 crore free water bottles to migrant workers travelling in these trains since May 1. The top five states and UTs from where maximum trains originated are Gujarat (979), Maharashtra (695), Punjab(397), Uttar Pradesh (263) and Bihar (263).

    Railways develop tank van with more capacity to carry milk

    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that Railways has developed a 'rail milk tank van' with a 12 per cent more capacity to carry milk and it can move at speeds up to 110 km per hour.

    Indian Railways mulls converting coaches into isolation wards

    According to sources, the proposal to offer the empty coaches and cabins to be used as isolation wards was discussed in a meeting of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal with Chairman Railway Board V.K Yadav, General Managers of all zones and Divisional Railway Managers over video conferencing on Wednesday.

    Indian Railways to monetise land around New Delhi station

    Due to the proposed redevelopment, iconic Connaught Place in Delhi will have 2.5 million sq ft of new commercial real estate. The entire area which will be developed is around 8 million sq ft, of which the selected developer will be allowed to exploit 2.5 million sq ft for commercial purpose.

    Private entry in railways to increase employment, bring new technology, enable trains on demand: Rlys

    The move by the Railways to privatise 151 trains on 109 routes has been criticised by opposition parties which have alleged that the poor people's lifeline was being taken away. Railway Board Chairperson VK Yadav said only 5 per cent of the trains are being given to private operators while 95 per cent of them will be run by the railways on the fare structure fixed by the national transporter.

    Indian Railways announces 6 'Shramik Special' trains to ferry stranded migrant workers, students

    ​The railways has already run the first such train with 1,200 passengers from Hyderabad to Jharkhand at 4:50 am on Friday. The railways announced six "Shramik Special" trains -- Lingampally to Hatia, Nasik to Lucknow, Aluva to Bhubaneswar, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna and Kota to Hatia. ​

    Private train operators to share gross revenue with railways, including earnings from preferred seats, ads

    The decision on whether to charge passengers for these services will rest with the private parties, officials said. In the document, it has said that bidders based on their financial capacity, will be required to offer share in the gross revenue at the request for proposal (RFP) stage for undertaking the project.

    Indian Railways’ pop culture campaign to beat Coronavirus

    The Indian Railways has launched a safety and hygiene campaign in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak across the globe, and they have dipped into popular culture to speak to the masses.

    200 AC and Non AC trains set to operate from June 1 onwards, IRCTC ticket bookings to resume on May 21

    Bookings for these trains will commence at 10 am, May 21 onwards, with an advanced reservation period of 30 days. Passengers will be required to reach the railway station 90 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train, and the use of face mask and Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory.

    ECoR carried 45.80 million tonne of freight during 101-day lockdown

    Of 27.06 million tonne, 16.14 mt are of indigenous coal from Odisha's Talcher area and 10.92 mt of imported coal from different ports under ECoR jurisdiction were transported to various power houses and industries across the country.

    Indian Railways may lease land parcels to etailers

    Rail Land Development Authority, a statutory authority, under the Ministry of Railways, for development of vacant railway land for commercial use said it is in talks with Flipkart, the country's biggest online retailer and will soon come out with an expression of interest.

    Private trains to bridge demand-supply gap: Railway Board chairman VK Yadav

    About 150 private trains are expected to be operational from April 2023 and procurement will be done strictly under the ‘Make in India’ policy. The railway ministry kickstarted its plan to allow private companies to run 151 trains on 109 routes by inviting bids on Wednesday.

    SAIL records highest ever sales in June

    Domestic sales and export stood at 12.77 Lakh tonne, a jump of more than 18% over the corresponding period last year (CPLY). In June’20, the company also recorded its highest-ever exports for any month. It exported 3.4 lakh tonne steel during this period. ​​It also achieved the best ever June dispatches of Rails to the Indian Railways in June’20.

    Private train operations likely by April 2023: Railways

    Allaying fears that the Railways network was being handed over to private parties, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav told the Thursday press conference that private participation in passenger train operations will only be five per cent of the existing 2800 Mail/ Express trains over IR.

    Sensex jumps 429 points on vaccine hopes; HDFC, RIL, IT stocks lead rally

    More than three shares advanced for every two that declined on the BSE.

    Railways opens doors for private players, invites proposals to operate passenger trains on 109 routes

    In a first for the Indian Railways passengers train network, private players are now being rope in by the Railways to operate passenger train networks. The Railways on Wednesday formally kickstarted its plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network by inviting request for qualifications (RFQ) for participation on 109 pairs of routes through 151 modern trains, the national transporter said. The project would entail a private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore, it said.Railways opens doors for private players, invites proposals to operate passenger trains on 109 routes

    100 per cent punctuality of trains achieved for the first time, says Railway Ministry

    "For the first time ever in the history of Indian Railways, 100 per cent punctuality of trains has been achieved, with all trains being on time," the Ministry of Railways tweeted on Thursday.

    JSPL posts 12% QoQ rise in sales volume for Q1FY21

    The company's export sales contributed to 58 per cent of total sales volume during this period.

    Railway-linked stocks rally up to 16% as privatisation process kicks off

    The project would entail a private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore.

    Asia’s oldest railway finally seeks private money to run trains

    The project will entail an investment of about $4 billion & will cover 109 destinations.

    Railways invite request for qualification for private players to operate passenger trains

    “Majority of Trains to be manufactured in India (Make in India). The private entity shall be responsible for financing, procuring, operation and maintenance of the trains,” the railway ministry said in a statement.

    Indian Railways to operate 2,600 Shramik Special trains in next 10 days to ferry 36 lakh home

    On fares, Chairman of the Railway Board V K Yadav said the railways was charging pre-lockdown normal fares only. He reiterated that 85 per cent of the expense of Shramik Special trains is being borne by the Centre and the states are only paying 15 pc in the form of fares.

    Indian Railways to operate 2,600 ‘Shramik’ Specials in next 10 days, 36 lakh migrants estimated to travel

    The government announced operation of Shramik special trains meant for transporting stranded migrants back to their home states, May 1 onwards.

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