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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
"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.
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.
Divisional Manager Tarun Prakash said that the initiative was launched on July 22 in view of the Covid pandemic.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
In terms of broad outcomes, IR has risen to the occasion and provided commendable service to the country’s people in these difficult times.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The last Indian Samurai loan to close was a deal by hydro-power developer NHPC Ltd. in January.
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."
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.
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.
Buoyed by the early response to private passenger trains, the Railways is now steaming ahead with private freight trains as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Geological hurdles seem surmountable to the Railways when compared with the challenges of the pandemic.
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.
Even as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic, Indian railways is using this crisis to step up its work on the Pamban bridge.
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.
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: 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
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.
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.
"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 raises funds from capital markets for funding expansion plans of the Indian Railways.
In a first ever cross-border movement, a special parcel train was sent to Benapole, Bangladesh.
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
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.
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.
The company reported a net profit of Rs 150.6 crore, compared with Rs 84 crore a year ago.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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.
The company's export sales contributed to 58 per cent of total sales volume during this period.
The project would entail a private sector investment of about Rs 30,000 crore.
The project will entail an investment of about $4 billion & will cover 109 destinations.
“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.
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.