The Railways’ operating ratio touched 98% in September, and settled in the vicinity of 97% in October. Achieving the target of 88.5% by March looks difficult; and the Railways would do very well to better last year’s 91.8%.
The SMS tickets might also carry advertisements, so that the national transporter does not have to bear the cost of sending them. Railways has already started talking to advertising agencies in this regard.
While a passenger has to shell out Rs 200 for the Tatkal booking of Sleeper class instead of Rs 175, for AC-3 the maximum revised charge is Rs 400 instead of Rs 350 earlier and minimum is Rs 300 instead of Rs 250, according to the Railway notification.
Breaking his silence on BJP leader Subrmanian Swamy's allegations about his British nationality, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he is not scared of the government and is ready to go to jail if found guilty.
Sources said the Railways is giving finishing touches to the formalities and awaiting the conclusion of the Bihar Assembly elections to make the announcement for locomotive-factory projects at Madhepura and Marhowra.
While earnings from freight continuously suffered, those from carrying passengers — an area where the railway has a monopoly in most segments — was almost Rs 1,900 crore lower than what it should have been to meet the targets.