Officials in the Lucknow Division of Railways said the footfall in Ayodhya station is estimated to jump at least 12 times from the present 5,000 per day after the Ram temple is opened to the public, bringing it on a par with Varanasi and Prayagraj.
Several prospective bidders for the project had raised a set of queries on various aspects of the move to give out 109 routes to run 151 trains to private players for 35 years at a recent pre-application meeting.
However, after the completion of the contract period, the facilities will belong to Indian Railways, officials said, adding that the contract will be drawn like that. The discussions to this effect are on, sources have confirmed.
During lockdown, the Railways completed the work of making the timetable with help from IIT-Mumbai. As per the timetable, introduction of every train and every stoppage into the system is justified by operational need on a clean slate—hence zero-based. Moves like this one are on hold due to the pandemic.
Speaking to The Indian Express, a top company executive said that the offer to step in was “in national interest” but the financials of the balance work would depend on how much of the Chinese signalling system already installed is compatible with other systems, like that of the Japanese
The World Bank, which is funding the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor, has not given a no-objection certificate for the termination yet. Railways has decided to not wait for the World Bank and fund this portion of the project on its own.
While Indian Railways may own the station, it does not get involved in the business of naming it. This, it leaves to the discretion of the state governments concerned because, obviously, a station is identified by the place it is in and not the other way around.
Data from the states where nearly 63.07 lakh stranded migrants reached on 4,611 Shramik Specials indicate that the 110-odd deaths were caused by a variety of reasons, including pre-existing illness and Covid-19.
Based on this trend, more trains are going to be introduced on certain routes, but full-fledged resumption of services may not be possible in the near future, Chairman, Railway Board, V K Yadav told reporters on Friday.
A Chinese engineering major is set to lose a significant contract with the Indian Railways, and the Department of Telecommunications has conveyed to state-owned BSNL not to use Chinese-made equipment in its upgradation, top sources in both sectors said on Thursday.