Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the railways ministry is looking at ways to speed up the electrification process as it would help cut down Rs 16,000 crore expense on diesel.
The Railway Board is also working on a plan to immediately halt the rehabilitation of diesel locomotives, and ensure that no new investments are made on infrastructure to maintain stocks.
Vistadome coach on Janshatabdi Express: The fare will be higher than the usual rail ticket costs. The coach also provides a multi-tier luggage rack, automatic doors and electronics like small fridge, oven and juicer grinder.
“China is pleased to see the infrastructure among the regional countries including the high-speed railway,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang
The train was scheduled to leave from Jammu at 6.55 PM, but it will now leave at 23.30 PM, as another coach will be added to the train, said the official.
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal also advocated the use of technology to reduce manual maintenance of rail tracks, as it entails huge manpower.
VIP quota, Emergency Quota or “EQ” as they are called, constitutes four per cent of all reserved berths made available for the 1672 mail/express train passengers every day. Which means an estimated 50-60,000 extra berths.
Last mile works for maintenance are essential for safe, fast rail travel
The committee, set up by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu under the Minimum Government and Maximum Governance campaign, is considering changes in the present practice of a pan-India tariff even for suburban and other short distance services.
Expressing his good wishes to the employees, Ashwani Lohani said, “May this organisation grow from strength to strength.”
Suresh Prabhu wrote on Twitter that he takes full moral responsibility for the derailments and has met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.
The first incident happened when 14 coaches of Utkal Express derailed near Muzzafarnagar leaving over 20 passengers dead and 97 injured. The recent incident witnessed nine coaches of Kaifyat Express derailed which resulted in more than 70 people injured.
AK Mital would have gone on to become the longest serving Chairman Railway Board (CRB) in history had he remained in office till the end of his tenure, July 2018.
Utkal Express derailment: Railway Board Member (Engineering) Aditya Kumar Mittal, Northern Railway General Manager R K Kulshreshta and Delhi Divisional Railway Manager R N Singh were “sent on leave” with immediate effect
According to the railways, under the rolling stock production programme, there will be only 801 conventional coaches manufactured in 2017-18 and, subsequently, no such coaches will be produced.