Avishek G Dastidar


Railways halts 2004 job scheme for children of staff opting for VRS
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

The move comes after the Punjab and Haryana High Court said in July, while hearing a case over the scheme, that it violated the Constitution on the 'principle of equal opportunity' for all in government jobs.

Railway restores Andhra mountain bridge in record 58 days
Sat, Dec 09, 2017

On October 6-7, a 700-ton boulder fell on the half-a-decade-old “bridge number 249” in the Araku Valley region of Andhra Pradesh; shattered its pier and rendered the country’s highest broad-gauge freight line useless.

PM Narendra Modi’s idea since 2014, railway university road map ready
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

The university project has been on the PMO’s wishlist for Railways for the past three years.

Railway push to heritage conservation: Steam engines to return to mountains
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani announced Saturday that the mountain lines where trains are currently pulled by diesel engines will instead host steam engines.

Railway offices to move out of Mumbai’s iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

The idea to turn CSTM into a “world-class rail museum” comes from Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, who wanted the building conserved appropriately as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

For ongoing projects, Railways GST-neutral, will bear extra tax burden
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Sources said the move “may have a cascading effect” as other ministries and some state government agencies have made informal inquiries to the Railways about the decision.

To help track sleepy drivers, Railways to test IIT-Kharagpur’s solutions
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

Currently, Railways gives 14-16 hours of sleep to its drivers, called “headquarters rest”. Maintaining “running rooms” where loco pilots can sleep is a major priority area in railway administration.

Railways engineers asked to identify, fix defects on tracks
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

In view of the winter, which sees a rise in rail fracture due to the cold, Lohani is understood to have directed the railways to intensify patrolling of tracks.

Railway Infrastructure: Piyush Goyal seeks higher financial threshold to speed up projects; cites growing costs
Wed, Nov 29, 2017

As on April 1, 2017, Railways is sitting on projects worth around Rs 4 lakh crore in new lines, doubling and gauge conversion.

Railways records 6.5% more passengers
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Break-up of the passenger business reveals that First AC, the most expensive travel option on Indian Railways, registered 8.53 per cent growth in number of passengers this fiscal compared with last fiscal.

In Andhra hills, Railways repairs bridge on 60-day war footing
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Within five days, Indian Railways started the work of restoring the bridge, including building a 28-metre pier rooted in the rocky range from scratch, diverting a waterfall that has a sharp eight-degree curve, and restoring the steep tracks. The deadline: 60 days.

Utkal Express derailment: Pending probe, 11 dismissed trackmen now suspended
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

The 11 trackmen were handed a memo for dismissal under Rule 14 (II) of Railway Servants (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1968, after the accident.

Platform carved out at New Delhi station after guard falls in gap
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

On Tuesday evening, Jitendra was at New Delhi railway station to catch a train to his village in UP's Ballia, when he slipped into the gap between platform number 13 and the Patna Rajdhani Express, which had started to move.

Train thefts: Travelling Ticket Examiners among 28 rail staff held this year
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

How can the Railways protect passengers from theft committed by its staff? This is a question troubling officials of the Indian Railways.

Railways to start 9-month ‘upskilling’ exercise for employees in January
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

Named Project Saksham, the exercise will start in January 2018 and go on till September

To check flying coal dust hazard, Railways looking at covering its wagons: Piyush Goyal
Sat, Nov 04, 2017

An ongoing investigation by The Indian Express has revealed that transport of coal, at the rate of 25 tonnes per minute, by rail and road, has left in its wake environmental damage across Goa.

Three-tier monitoring for bullet train project
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The Railways estimates a high ridership for the train. It has calculated that 40,000 passengers will shift from other modes of transport like trains, buses, airlines and personal vehicles.

New railways model to predict chances of ticket confirmation
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The Indian Railways is creating a complex algorithm for its ticket-booking software that will predict the probability of waitlisted tickets getting confirmed at the time of booking.

Railways to get more officers on field, delegate power
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

The rationale is that with more power delegated to zones and divisions, the ministry would have to do less day-to-day micromanagement of field operations.

Railways to tap into telecom dept fund to bankroll WiFi in 200 small stations
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

The move is part of Indian Railways’ plans to get all its 7,500-odd stations hooked to a countrywide free WiFi ecosystem in a phased manner.

Last year, Railways told MP Sachin Tendulkar: new overbridge provision has been sanctioned
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

It’s not just Tendulkar. Last year, following repeated requests from Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, the then Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had sanctioned work for an upgrade at the Elphinstone Road station.

Rethink in Govt, Piyush Goyal says GE’s diesel locomotive project in Bihar is on track
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

Responding to Piyush Goyal’s remarks Thursday, Nitish Kumar told The Indian Express he had always maintained that “full electrification of railway engines” was “not practical and possible” at this stage.

60 new train services to take off in Mumbai local network
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Western Railway suburban service will get 32 new trains whereas Central Railway will get 28 - 14 for the trans-harbour and 14 for the main line, as per plans drawn up by the respective zonal railways. The final numbers are still being worked out.

Journey time of over 500 trains being cut
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Around 50 ordinary mail/express trains will get upgraded to “superfast” services after completion of an internal audit of running time of around 700 trains.

‘Khatauli station master wrongly held responsible for Utkal Express derailment’
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

The probe report had indicted the station master for violation of the General Rules, where it is said that if the station master gets to know of conditions unsafe for train movements, he shall take all precautionary measures

Utkal Express accident: Note on tracks was ‘tampered’
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

As per norms, if a track if called “unsafe,” even the juniormost staffer on the track (a gangman) is empowered to stop a train by raising flags and does not require a block for it.

Eye on electrification, Railways looks at winding up Bihar diesel project
Mon, Sep 18, 2017

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.

Bullet train loan rate 0.1%, free in a way: PM Narendra Modi
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

The Prime Minister said the high speed corridor and other developments in the rail sector like doubling of lines and the Dedicated Freight Corridor were all part of the larger plan for economic growth through robust transport infrastructure.

PM Modi on cost of bullet train project: ‘In a way it is free’
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

PM Modi said that the project was made possible thanks to the Japanese loan of Rs 88,000 crore at an attractive 0.1 per cent interest to be repaid over 50 years.

Deadline for bullet train advanced by a year: Piyush Goyal
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The year 2022 coincides with 75 years of India’s Independence and Modi is likely to mention that in his speech on Thursday while declaring the intent of advancing the completion date.

Railway catering staff told not to seek tips, Piyush Goyal sets 48-hour deadline
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

After Goyal’s orders and the ministry’s directive, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has promptly contacted its catering contractors to convey an ultimatum. Violation will invite heavy penalty.

Railway users demand VIP quota berths be made available for common man
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

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.

Utkal Express derailment: Piyush Goyal sets agenda, safety top priority
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Construction of new lines will continue to get the required push with speedy procurement of new rails, but safety will be the priority, as per sources.

Utkal Express derailment: Engineer who cut tracks, two officials responsible, finds probe
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The probe found that as early as 9.22 am on August 19, engineers were aware that the glued joint of the track — a signal separation apparatus — was broken and rails needed to be cut to fix it.

Railway Board starts work on cleaner, faster train system
Wed, Sep 06, 2017

Even though a formal Board meeting is yet to take place, as Board chairman Ashwani Lohani was away, given Goyal’s reputation of being a hard taskmaster, work is on to show the minister a blueprint soon.

Suresh Prabhu cleared tracks, will continue to run on those: Piyush Goyal
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

With Prabhu, the new Commerce and Industry Minister, by his side at the minister’s chamber in Rail Bhavan, Goyal called him his “mentor” and “elder brother”.