The CAG report said unpurified water straight from the tap was used in preparation of beverages, waste bins were not found covered, not emptied regularly and not washed, food was not covered to protect it from flies, insects and dust, and rats and cockroaches were found in trains.
The same study goes on to say that the distance between Delhi-Lucknow will be covered in 1 hour and 38 minutes, the report says.
In the wake of floods in the Northeast, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today asked senior rail officials to work in close coordination with state governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and NDRF to ensure smooth relief and rescue operations.
Indian Railways launched its first 1600 HP solar-powered DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) train from Safdarjung railway station on Friday. The train will run from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana.
The integrated mobile app will cater to various needs of passengers like booking porter, retiring room, ordering food besides train tickets. It is being developed by the CRIS, the Railways’ software arm, at an estimated cost of seven crore rupees.
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. There are a total of 9,973 MSE vendors registered.
Foreigners are also not allowed to book tickets in Suvidha trains that cater to last minute travel planners. The aim is to provide adequate time to foreigners and NRIs to plan their holidays well in advance, said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The proposed fully AC train will have three-tier Economy AC coaches besides AC-3, AC-2 and AC-1 classes as part of the transformation exercise. An added feature would be automatic doors.
Currently, the Railways recovers only 57 per cent of the cost in passenger services and around 37 per cent in suburban services. Class-wise, only the AC III tier fetches it a profit, but that is neutralised by the losses from other classes.
“Problem is Railways does not accept any order of anyone. Your trains are running slow, your tracks are dirty and you do not have the political will to deal with it. You are carrying on at 40 km per hour, you carry on like that,” the court said.
It was the second time this lady RPF constable helped a woman deliver her baby in a railway station. Earlier when she was posted at CST she had helped another pregnant woman.
In May, data shows, only 3.04 per cent trains lost punctuality due to law and order problems.
Those travelling in Rajdhani and Shatabdi can now pre-order food from a variety of vendors with whom the Indian Railways has collaborated. The list includes McDonald’s, KFC, Switz Foods, Only Alibaba, Dominos, Haldiram, Bikanerwala, Nirualas, Sagar Ratna and Pizza Hut.
The GST regime will impose a 12 per cent tax on container cargo moved by the railways whereas the same container moved by road will attract only 5 per cent GST
The target is to complete the process of refurbishing of coaches with improved interiors and modern facilities in the next five years.