Railways to push for Rs 35k cr fund infrastructure building

Aiming at a major push for infrastructure, the railways will raise Rs 35,000 crore with World Market assistance to create a separate fund for investment in rail sector.

The proposed Railways of India Development Fund (RIDF) would be independent of rail budget and intended for all big ticket rail-based projects, including station redevelopment, rail expansion, port connectivity and fre

Railways to export 18 diesel locos to Myanmar

The Indian Railways will export 18 modern diesel locomotives to Myanmar soon. The engines worth about Rs 200 crore are manufactured at the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) in Varanasi. The first lot of six locomotives are ready to be shipped next month, while the rest will be delivered by December this year.

A high-level team of Myanmar Railways led by the chief of its mechanical and ele

Cabinet clears Noida-Greater Noida metro rail corridor: Reports

The Indian Government has said that the Union Cabinet has cleared the 29.77 km Noida-Greater Noida metro rail corridor which is nearing completion. Commenting on the issue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the media, "The cabinet granted approval to the Noida-Greater Noida metro rail corridor.... It had been pending for a long time."

The corridor will be entirely elevated

New trains from Hubballi for Varanasi, Mysuru flagged off

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has flagged off a weekly train between Hubballi in Karnataka and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and a daily train between Hubballi and Mysuru through video conferencing. Prabhu, after flagging off the two trains, said: "Hubballi is coming up as an important training centre."

"Hubballi-Mysuru Express has been named Vishwa Manav Express," he

Railways to manufacture high-speed freight locomotives

The Railways will roll out a high-power electric locomotive early next year which will be used to haul freight trains at twice the existing speed. The public transporter is looking to manufacture 800 such train engines over the next 11 years in a joint venture with French giant Alstom, at the Madhepura Locomotive Factory in Bihar. This is the first major FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) project

Railways to introduce India`s first Tejas Express Between Mumbai and Karmali

Indian Railways will introduce the high speed, air-conditioned Tejas Express (Train No 22119/22120) between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai and Karmali for the first time, according to a statement released by the ministry of railways.

Tejas Express is a state of the art train capable of running at the speed of 200 kmph with ultra modern amenities run between Mumbai and Karmali (5

Suresh Prabhu inaugurates Wi-Fi facility at 28 railway stations

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated free Wi-Fi facility at 28 railway stations on Konkan Railway, reported PTI. He also inaugurated improved passenger amenities and facilities at Kudal and Chiplun stations.

Konkan Railway has tied up with broadband and internet service provider Joister to provide Wi-Fi facility at its stations. "We are launching free Wi-Fi facility at the

Railways to launch redesigned e-tendering system: Reports

The Indian Railways has said that it will launch shortly its redesigned e-tendering system with more user-friendly new features to facilitate digital participation of over 60,000 vendors. As per reports, the system envisages that bids are invited online and the entire process leading to award of a tender is done electronically.

Commenting on the issue, a senior rail official told the

Railways considering ideas to improve its security: Reports

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that he has stressed the need for safety and security on the Indian Railways and he is mulling ideas from stakeholders for improving security across its network.

Commenting on the issue, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told the media, "In India, there are various vulnerable sections in our network. The railways is looking at ideas from diffe

Looking at ideas for improved security on railways: Suresh Prabhu

 Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday stressed the need for safety and security on the Indian Railways and said it is mulling ideas from stakeholders for improving security across its network.

"In India, there are various vulnerable sections in our network. The railways is looking at ideas from different stakeholders for improving security," the Minister said

CCEA approves laying of rail tracks in Maharashtra: Reports

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has said that it has approved the laying of rail tracks in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh to decongest busy routes. As per reports, the CCEA, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared the construction of an electrified third line between Manmad and Jalgaon in Maharashtra. Commenting on the issue, a Government Official told t

Railways unveils projects for smoother travel in Mumbai local

The Indian Railways has said that it has inaugurated several projects, including foot overbridges and escalators, to make travel more pleasurable for the over 75 lakh daily commuters on Mumbai's local trains.

Commenting on the issue, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu told the media, "Our focus is on improving passenger experience. Through these measures, we have fulfilled the long-

Railways to monetise available data

The Indian Railways will monetise the huge amount of data available with it but will ensure that no privacy law is compromised while doing so, Rail minister Suresh Prabhu said. The public transporter has been using information technology extensively for the past three decades.

As a result, a large amount of data is available for aspects like passenger ticketing and freight operations

Railways to install CCTV cameras at over 900 stations

Indian Railways will install CCTV surveillance system at more than 900 stations under the Nirbhaya Fund at an approved cost of Rs 500 crore to strengthen security at rail premises. Tenders will be floated shortly to install about 19,000 high definition CCTV cameras at 983 stations across the country to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers including women.

The Centre had creat

Government planning to open Jan Aushadhi stores at railway stations

The Indian Government has said that it is planning to open Jan Aushadhi stores at around 1,000 major railway stations across India as part of drive to make quality medicines available at low cost to the public.

As per reports, plans are also on to open such outlets at bus stands in different states with an aim to take the network to small towns and villages. Commenting on the issue, C

Pre-monsoon showers soak Mumbai, disrupt trains

Welcome pre-monsoon showers soaked Mumbai giving respite from the blistering summer heat, but also disrupted its lifeline, the suburban services here on Saturday.

With the first unseasonal rain, a technical glitch in Central Railway's overhead wires near Ghatkopar hit local train services which were running behind schedule, delaying lakhs of peak hour commuters bound for thei

Railways to provide connectivity for Char Dham pilgrims soon

Taking forward the vision of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to link the Char Dham pilgrimage centres through rail connectivity and in keeping with its budgetary commitment, the Indian Railways is taking the significant step to commence the Final Location survey for a single BG line rail connectivity for the Chardham Pilgrimage.

Reiterating his commitment to fast-track this

Anil Kumar Gupta takes over as general manager of Western Railway

Senior railway official Anil Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the general manager of Western Railway (WR). Gupta, a 1980 batch officer of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers (IRSEE), took charge of the office on May 9, a statement issued here by WR said today. The post was earlier held by G C Agrawal, who retired in February this year.

Central Railway's General Man

Railways to unveil high speed coaches on Delhi-Chandigarh route

The Railways has said that the passengers of Delhi- Chandigarh section will soon enjoy a comfortable ride at high speed of 160 kmph as the Rail Coach Factory (RCF) is all set to roll out the first rake of 19 coaches. Commenting on the issue, RCF General Manager R P Nibaria told the media, “The newly designed coaches are capable of running at a speed of 200 kmph but due to constraints rela

Prabhu lays foundation stone of railway projects in Vidarbha

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has laid the foundation stone of 20 projects in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, which included a rail line in naxal affected Gadchiroli district for the first time. "Nagpur is an important centre and the government is focussed on this region.

The problems of farmers in Vidarbha region will be addressed by the state and Railways together. "Prime

Prabhu lays foundation of new rail line between Assam, Arunachal

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday laid the foundation stone for a 26-km-long new broad gauge railway line from Assam's Murkongselek to Arunachal Pradesh's Pasighat while also announcing surveys for seven new broad gauge railway lines in the latter state.

Laying the foundation by remote through video link from Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) headquarters here, he

Railways targeting Rs 40,000 cr revenue in ten years: Reports

The Indian railways has said that it has spelt out a target of Rs 40,000 crore revenue from monetising its soft assets in the next 10 years. As per reports, in a two-pronged strategy, the railways aims to increase earnings through traditional as well as non-traditional sources, while at the same time reducing expenditure. Commenting on the issue, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu told the media, &

Integrated transport system needed to boost growth, say ministers

There is a need to integrate all the transport systems to cut down on logistics costs and boost growth in the country, ministers across the board unanimously said on Thursday.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said there was an urgent need to integrate all transport systems. 

Concurring with him, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said logistics cost was &

Cabinet approves cooperation with Japan on railway safety

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its ex-post facto approval to signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Japan on railway safety, a cabinet communique said.

It said that the MoC, signed in February, will enable cooperation in areas such as track safety (rail welding, rail inspection, track circuit etc), rolling stock safety and any

IRCTC to start two new luxury train this year

The Indian Railway PSU, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd (IRCTC) has decided to start two new circuits of their flagship luxury train Maharajas’ Express, this year. “These two new trips have been named as “Southern Sojourn” and “Southern Jewels” which will cover prominent destinations in West and South India. The Southern Sojourn will cover