Avishek G Dastidar


At 98.5 per cent, Railways may clock its worst-ever operating ratio in 2017-18
Fri, Apr 20, 2018

This would be the worst ratio since 2000-01, when it was 98.3 per cent, which was previously the worst-ever for the national transporter. The figures will be communicated to the Controller General of Accounts.

Indian Railways may replace AC-II-tier with AC-III tier in Rajdhanis, Durontos in some sectors
Wed, Apr 18, 2018

After intervention by Railway minister Piyush Goyal, there is an effort to alter the flexi-fare system to ease out the hike to some extent and also make the fares somewhat attractive depending on sectors and their patronage pattern.

This is what India’s first bullet train terminal will look like
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

The fare between Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai and the Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad will be around Rs 3,000 (economy seats). There will be a business class as well at higher fares.

PM Narendra Modi says no to Indian Railways signalling plan worth Rs 78,000 crore
Mon, Apr 09, 2018

PM Modi is learnt to have raised the cost factor as well as the wisdom of rolling out en masse a technology that is untested for Indian conditions and is mainly commissioned in high-speed systems in some global railways.

Kolkata to Dhaka container train service set for first run today
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

The 30-container train will carry food grains and other materials in its maiden run from Kolkata to the west of the Bangabandhu bridge in Dhaka.

Railways gets Rs 4,700 crore from NTPC as coal carriage charge
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Railways carried 555.02 MT of coal, some 22 MT more than last year and an overall 48 per cent of all goods it carried, like cement, petroleum products, iron ore, steel etc.

PM Modi puts brakes on Railways’ full-electrification plan
Mon, Apr 02, 2018

The Prime Minister is learnt to have nudged the policy correction while reviewing the work of the Railway Ministry at the PMO last Monday in the presence of the full Railway Board led by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Only 73 accidents in 2017-18: First time in 35 years, fewer than 100 Railway accidents
Sun, Apr 01, 2018

The Indian Railways have ended this financial year with the best safety record in decades: for the first time in 35 years, the number of accidents are in two digits.

Penalties for ticketless travel make Railways richer by Rs 1,000 crore
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

The fines figure, a new high, is for the period April 2017 to February 2018, and Railway officials say March could yield another Rs 200 crore, adding up to what is in some ways a hefty bonus income.

No food bill, no payment: Railways targets overcharging
Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Between April and October last year there were a little over 7,000 complaints of overcharging of food on trains.

CBI booked ex-Railways minister Lalu Prasad despite objection, but let official get away
Mon, Mar 19, 2018

The Directorate of Prosecution, while drawing up a list of the alleged conspirators to be booked for the irregular transfer of the hotels, dropped the name of one of the two IRCTC officials named by the Economic Offences Division in its preliminary enquiry.

New zone in Vizag will be catastrophic: Railways report
Fri, Mar 16, 2018

In an internal report, the Railways Ministry has said that this will have a “catastrophic” effect, and “will be like putting many nails in the coffin of the Indian Railways”.

Railways ‘Treasure Hunt’ triggered seniority debate: Fairy Queen’s rival for oldest steam loco tag — its Express twin retired early
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Without any official records available to confirm seniority, the Railways is planning to approach the Guinness Book and Unesco to grant Express the same status as Fairy Queen.

Railways awards compensation to stampede victims, families
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Following directions from Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the Railway Board on February 28 had decided that Western Railway will not contest the claim at the Tribunal on humanitarian grounds.

Railways under-reported expenses to make pension bill look smaller: CAG
Wed, Mar 14, 2018

Operating Ratio is the indicator of the amount of money spent to earn every Rs 100; the lower the better. A 100 per cent Operating Ratio denotes zero financial viability in business and signals an organisation in distress.

TDP demand for new zone not in sync with Railway needs
Fri, Mar 09, 2018

Sources told The Indian Express that an internal exercise, exploring feasibility of the move, indicated that a new zone may not be in the best interest of Railways from an operational, administrative and financial point of view.

More railway stations, trains to have all-women crew
Thu, Mar 08, 2018

Ministry officials said that there was a need to make some of the less-crowded, small roadside stations more women friendly and safer, not just for women commuters but also from the perspective of the staff.

Railways to bring new grades for trains’ punctuality
Mon, Mar 05, 2018

The decision to introduce new grades was taken during a recent deliberation exercise involving general managers and senior officials of the ministry.

‘Tallest among all’ for IAS fraternity, TSR Subramanian, a public policy student-expert for India
Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Under his aegis, the Subramanian Committee report in 2016 suggested radical reform measures in the education sector, such as raising a dedicated Indian Education Service cadre, hiking Budget outlay on education to 6 per cent of GDP, and compulsory licensing for teachers in government schools, among others.

Deadlock over Mumbai terminal of bullet train project is nearing an end
Tue, Feb 20, 2018

Bullet train project: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had recently intervened to end the two-year-long deadlock on this issue since the state had refused to agree to build a station in Mumbai.