Avishek G Dastidar

Articles By Avishek G Dastidar

Indian Railways to build 3,000-km wall to guard tracks, keep away people

Indian Railways has decided to build 3,000 km of walls to fence its tracks and ward off trespassers in residential areas. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is learnt to have taken the decision days after the Amritsar mishap.

RailTel mobile tender hangs fire as bidders claim Jio violated condition

The tender floated by RailTel, the telecom arm of Railways, was opened on October 18, but yet to be awarded. The other bidders are Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and state-owned BSNL.

Railways recruitment nets unusual catch: Many fake candidates

Officials say that ever since the drive started early this year, close to 200 FIRs have been with various state police authorities under IPC section 416 that deals with “cheating by impersonation” against the fake candidates and those who “outsourced” the tests to them.

Kerala: After BJP complaint, Railways removes wagon tragedy painting from Tirur station

As part of the ongoing beautification, the wall near the ticket counter at Tirur station was painted to depict the Wagon Tragedy, a tragic chapter in the Mappila (Muslim) rebellion in Malabar against British rulers and Hindu landlords.

Testing the waters, breaking new ground: what a cargo voyage signifies

On November 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will receive the vessel, MV R N Tagore, at the new multimodal freight terminal in Varanasi.

Railways refused to probe Amritsar mishap, now orders inquiry

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal took the decision after Congress MP from Amritsar, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, met him and demanded a probe.

Railways hikes freight rates, removes flexi fares from 15 trains

Another 32 trains, whose average monthly occupancy in the last fiscal was between 50 and 75 per cent, will not have flexi fare during February, March and August.

Jio lowest bidder for Railways’ telecom accounts

For over six years, Airtel has been the telecom provider for 3.78 lakh mobile phone connections used by railway employees in closed user group (CUG) across the country for which the bill is footed by the government.

Amritsar train accident: Braked but couldn’t stop in time, sped after people threw stones, says train driver

This claim by the driver is at odds with eyewitness accounts, and the several videos of the incident circulating on social media.

Amritsar train accident: Speeding trains got no caution, Railways says no one told us about the event

Train accident in Amritsar: Railway authorities said they were given no prior notice or information about Dussehra celebrations being conducted near the tracks.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi nod to suspend RCT judge ‘involved in Rs 50-crore scam’

This is the first time that a sitting RCT judge is facing suspension over corruption charges. The case is being investigated by Justice UU Lalit on the allegations of financial irregularities by Mittal in connivance with a select group of lawyers appearing for victims of railway accidents.

World’s largest recruitment drive: ‘It appears the entire country is here’

The Railways is hiring for 1.2 lakh jobs, and applications are flooding in from across the country. This is nearly 20 years after a call had been taken to cut staff numbers. The Indian Express on a hiring exercise that began with a government on backfoot over safety, and will end in time for the next elections

Kharagpur: Beyer Garratt steam locomotive inches closer to commercial runs

On Saturday, it was trialled on the 22 km of the main line in South Eastern Railway between Kharagpur and Midnapore. This 1929-born broad gauge Garratt locomotive is touted as a “mighty beast” by railway enthusiasts and officials alike.

Haryana: Railway demands action after gateman’s hand is chopped off

After hearing the news, trackmen on the section blocked train traffic in the morning, protesting the lack of safety. Railways has decided to install CCTVs in such remote, mid-section level crossings for security.

In five months, Indian Railways removes all unmanned crossings on major routes

Indian Railways: Since 2007-08, 1,272 people have died in accidents at unmanned level crossings, the highest being in 2011-12, when 204 were killed.

After initial questions, government clears 100% Railways electrification

When complete, this will make Indian Railways one of the largest electrified railway networks in the world — after China, which has 87,000 km electrified — and the only large railway with 100 per cent electrification.

Asia’s first narrow-gauge line in Gujarat set to broaden

Commercially working narrow-gauge lines are pretty much nonexistent in the world, other than some hill railways in India, and this is an effort by the Railways to save them from extinction.

Land acquisition for Bullet train project: Progress in Palghar, officials hope to meet December deadline

Of the 28 villages in Palghar taluk, joint measurement survey has been conducted in 11 and is set to be conducted in five others in the next few days

Bullet train returns Vad to Vadodara

To be opened by the end of 2022, the three-level Vadodara station, which is part of the bullet train corridor, will replace the existing structure and will include a passenger reservation office, a supervisor office, a government railway police facility and other installations.

First bullet train likely to run from Surat to Billimora in 2022

The NDA government wishes to run the first bullet train by August 15, 2022 to coincide the occasion with 75 years of Independence.