Delay by Railways in electrification projects: CAG

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) came down heavily on the Railways for the delay in processing, assigning and completing the projects for electrification.

It also said that the railways did not adopt the e-tendering system to reduce the tender processing period.

The CAG in its report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday said it had done an audit on the 14 compl

CAG raps Railways for serving foodstuff `unsuitable` for consumption

The CAG on Friday came down heavily on the Railways saying that cleanliness and hygiene were not being maintained in catering units at stations and in trains and it was serving foodstuff unsuitable for human consumption.

"During the inspection at selected 74 stations and 80 trains, audit noticed that cleanliness and hygiene were not being maintained at catering units at stat

Railway ministry working with cos like Apple on train speeds

Eyeing trains speeds of 600 km per hour, the government is working with global technology firms like Apple to help take Indian railways to the next level, Union minister Suresh Prabhu said. The railway minister also said the government's premier think tank NITI Aayog had approved the ministry's Rs 18,000 crore proposal to increase speeds of the Gatiman Express on the two busiest corrido

Around 53% of rail accidents due to derailment: Rajen Gohain

The Indian Government has said that of a total of 586 rail accidents in last five years, nearly 53 per cent were due to derailments. Commenting on the issue, Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain told the media, “In last five years (2012-13 to 2016-17) out of a total of 1,011 casualties, 347 occurred due to derailments, 67 in MLC accidents and 449 in UMLC accidents. These together a

Tata Steel signs LTTC with Indian Railways

Tata Steel on Friday entered into a long term tariff contract (LTTC) with Indian Railways.

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, senior officials of the Railway Board and the company's Vice President, Steel Manufacturing, Sudhansu Pathak among others were present at the contract signing ceremony held at the Rail Bhawan here.

The steel maker which is the first steel company to

Railways system being put on digital platform: Suresh Prabhu

 Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday said that efforts are being made to bring the entire railway system on digital platform to reduce costs.

"Efforts are being made to bring entire railway system on integrated digital platform," Prabhu said at a press confernce here after launching the RailCloud, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable

Railways to launch RailCloud for faster connectivity

The Indian Railways has said that it is planning to launch RailCloud, a virtual server with an inbuilt security system that will enable faster connectivity at a reduced cost. As per reports, developed by rail PSU RailTel at an estimated cost of about Rs 53 crore, Railcloud is aimed at optimising server resources and its management. Cloud computing is an emerging technology for faster and on dem

Railways inaugurates Madgaon leg of Science Express

The IX Phase of the prestigious Science Express exhibition train which is on a Nationwide tour since 17 February 2017 reached Madgaon in Goa today i.e. 11 July 2017, the Ministry of Railways notified on Tuesday. This phase of train is being referred as ‘Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ highlighting the global challenge of climate change. Minister of Railways Suresh Pr

IROAF wins Golden Peacock Award for eco innovation

Indian Railways achieves a major landmark in the field of Eco friendly fuel technologies at Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) which has been awarded the coveted National level “Golden Peacock Award for the Year 2017 for Eco-Innovation” for substitution of fossil fuels (Diesel) by environment friendly CNG in DEMU passenger train services.

The Ministry

Railways to install flap gates on stations: Reports

The Indian Railways has said that it is planning to install automatic flap gates with bar code scanners at stations to facilitate faster ticket checking and ease the pressure on ticket examiners and collectors. As per reports, to begin with, the access control system, already operational in Kolkata and Delhi Metro services, will be implemented at non-metropolitan stations where traffic rush is

Railways to promote small entrepreneurs in big way

The Indian Railways has taken a big step to promote micro and small enterprises by reserving 358 items including cleaning apparatus, stationery and leather items exclusively for procurement from the MSE sector. Besides, in a relief to the MSEs, the sector has been exempted from paying tender cost and earnest money deposit for participating in the railway tender. "Though earnest money is re

Railways inducts digital technology in recruitment process

Ministry of Railways on Friday said that it has reformed its recruitment process through induction of digital technology in a big way. “This has brought transparency & efficiency,” said Ministry of Railways. The Ministry said that Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) have conducted the world’s largest computer based test for about 92 lakh candidates. This examination was cond

Railways to offer options on senior citizen fare concession

Now senior citizens will have the option to avail either the full concession provided to them on rail tickets or half of it, reported PTI. The Railways is exploring ways to reduce the Rs 1,300 crore subsidy burden in the senior citizen category. The new system will be operationalised shortly after upgrading the ticketing software. The Railways bears 43 per cent of the cost of train fare even as

Railways to diversify its freight basket: Suresh Prabhu

Union Minister Suresh Prabhu today said the Railways need to diversify its freight basket over a period of time and that private-public partnership (PPP) initiatives are the best to accommodate smaller quantities of cargo. "Railways traditionally have been doing business in bulk commodities, that too in ten major commodities including ore and cement among others," Prabhu said addressi

Railways to allow foreigners to book ticket 360 days in advance

The Indian Railways on Monday said that it will soon allow foreign nationals to book tickets 360 days in advance in order to promote tourism.

"Now the foreign nationals or NRIs (non-resident Indians) can book their tickets under foreigners quota in 360 days advance," a Railway Ministry official told IANS.

As of now, foreigners are allowed to book ticket 120 days in

Railways to launch UDAY train by September end: Reports

The Indian Railways has said that the overnight train, UDAY from the city to Bengaluru would be launched by September end. Commenting on the issue, Union minister Suresh Prabhu told the media, “Despite announcing the UDAY (Utkrisht Double Decker AC Yatri) train more than a year ago, the launch was delayed due to designing issue.”

“The problem is now solved and the UD

GST effect: First class, air-conditioned train fares to rise

 Passengers travelling in first class and air conditioned trains will have to shell out more for their journey after the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1.

According to the Ministry of Railways, service tax levied on tickets would go up to five per cent from 4.5 per cent.

However, non-AC travel, including that by local trains, metro and religious

Prabhu sets up group to study GST impact on Railways

The Indian Government has said that the Railways has set up a group to study the impact of the soon-to-be-launched goods and services tax (GST) on its operations. Commenting on the issue, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu told the media, "Inevitably all sectors will be affected (with the GST rollout). Not to say that the Railways will be immune from this. We are studying the impact. In any ca

Exclusive: Indian Railways safety overhaul at risk due to rail shortage - documents

By Neha Dasgupta

NEW DELHI- A planned $15 billion safety overhaul of India's ageing rail network is facing delays as the country's state steel company is unable to meet demand for new rails, according to two government documents seen by Reuters.

State-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has promised to meet only around 78 percent of demand in t

Railway earns Rs 14 bn via reserved ticket cancellation in FY17

The Indian Railways collected Rs 14.07 billion through cancellation of reserved tickets on the request of the commuters in FY 2016-17, registering a 25.29 per cent rise over previous year's earning under this head, reported PTI. This information was revealed by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Railways, in response to a quer

Railways to boost communication mechanism with States

In a bid to expedite the Railway projects and to improve coordination with State Government for faster execution, Ministry of Railways is working on a system of Coordinating Officers of both Railways and the respective State Governments. On the request of Ministry of Railways, majority of the States have nominated their representatives to sort out different issues of mutual coordination and to

Ample funds to be provided for ongoing rail projects: AK Mital

According to reports, Railway Board Chairman AK Mital during his recent visit to the East Coast Railway said that funds would not be an issue and adequate funds would be given for ongoing railway projects. The Railway Board Chairman, Mittal said this while reviewing performance and progress of East Coast Railway especially on ongoing projects with General Manager Umesh Singh and other Principal

Railways proposes line to provide all weather rail connectivity to the remote regions

After the significant progress in the completion of the rail line in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, the Indian Railways endeavours to extend the socio-economic benefits of rail transportation to other remote areas and challenging terrains of the hilly states (HP & J&K) where development is scarce, according to an official statement. Amongst the various socially desirable projects in

Location of world's highest rail track to be decided by 2019: Suresh Prabhu

 Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday said that the survey work for laying the world's highest railway track will be conducted by March, 2019.

According to Prabhu, the survey work for the 498 km long Bilaspur-Mandi-Leh railway line will cost around Rs 157 crore. 

"Railway Minister Prabhu today (Tuesday) laid the foundation stone of the final location

Railways vows to improve infrastructure in N-E region

Railways has been laying great emphasis on improvement in Railway infrastructure in the North-eastern region, says Ministry Of Railways in a statement. The ministry said that North Eastern Region is served by Northeast Frontier Railway consisting of 8 states i.e. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and Sikkim.

Out of 8 States of North Eastern Regio