"I am a member of the Sangh, but I was not brought by the Sangh. When L K Advani gave four names (for party chief), there was me, Manohar Parrikar, Modiji and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Shivraj was sent to Madhya Pradesh, Modiji said he wanted to concentrate on Gujarat and I was made the party chief."
After exercising restraint for the better part of its tenure since 2014, the 500 additional stops, all approved by the NDA government in the last three months, is about a 200 per cent jump from 2017-18, when records show only 154 such stops were approved.
This fresh recruitment drive, applications for which will be invited beginning next month, before the present government’s term comes to a close, takes care of the entire existing vacancy list in Indian Railways.
“We have located the problem and fixed it. It is nothing major. Ideally it should not happen. But since it is a new technology and the first rake, minor teething troubles are expected,” said an officer working on the project.
On January 31, Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced that the Railways had achieved its target of eliminating all unmanned level crossings on broad gauge lines. The Sunday Express visits five level crossings across four states — the site of some of the worst train accidents in the past five years — to see what has changed on the ground.
Train 18 breakdown: The Vande Bharat Express was being brought back to New Delhi from Varanasi for its first commercial run on Sunday when the breaks jammed in one of the last coaches. However, the train will run as per schedule on February 17.
Celebrations were initially planned during the train’s halt for 40 minutes each at Kanpur and Allahabad. At both places, it was greeted by members of local BJP units, with “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and slogans against the Pulwama attack in particular, and against Pakistan in general.
Train 18 Launch: In view of the terror attack and out of respect for the fallen soldiers, Indian Railways curtailed celebrations and did not decorate the shining new 16-coach train that runs without a locomotive.
The two engines, hard-wired to act as one, not just provide additional power to the train but also reduce the acceleration and deceleration times of the train significantly, making higher averages speed possible.
The only departments where the revised designations still identify the specific nature of the jobs are in track maintenance and safety. So, Trolleyman is Assistant (Trolley Operating), Pointsman remains Pointsman.
This is around a 148 per cent jump in capital expenditure for the national transporter over the past five years, even though the problem of meeting expenses to keep the house running continues to be a challenge.