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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Avishek G Dastidar


Railway ministry to revise recruitment of ‘bungalow peons’
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

Two weeks ago, a nine-member committee of Executive Directors unanimously endorsed the retention of the present system, sources said.

Top Railways posts may be filled through selection panel, not seniority alone
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

Railways has hired management consultancy firm McKinsey to work out the modalities of the merger of eight railway cadres into one Indian Railway Management Service, sources said.

Railways readies plan to boost Ayodhya station infra
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

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.

No upper limit on ticket fare in private trains, Railways clarifies
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

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.

Explained: Why private firms are being invited to run trains in India, and how the model will work
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

The government has identified 109 busy routes across India to run 151 private trains for 35 years. The 151 trains represent only around 5 per cent of total trains run in India.

Private train operators to get land for setting up maintenance facilities at no extra cost
Thu, Jul 30, 2020

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.

Railways estimates Rs 40,000 cr loss this fiscal due to Covid pandemic
Wed, Jul 29, 2020

To make good this loss, the railways is aiming to increase its freight-loading target this financial year by around 50 per cent from last year

6,000 ‘unremunerative’ train stoppages may be dropped
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

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.

DG RPF Arun Kumar nominated as Vice-Chairman of International Union of Railways
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The UIC is the global platform for railway systems working on inter-operability, developing common technical standards for railways across the world and strengthening what is called “rail diplomacy”.

Private trains project: 16 firms take part in pre-application meet
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

GMR, Sterlite, Bombardier, Janson, global investment firm I-Squared Capital are some of the companies that evinced interest in the new sector of running passenger trains.

Cases surge, 23 trains run full Monday, down from 80 in early July
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

This was a fall from 68 just last Friday, and down to one-fourth from earlier in the month when more than 80 trains were running full.

Birla firm proposes to take over work of Chinese firm ousted from Railway contract
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

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

Investors of private train operators set for up to 27% returns: Railways projection
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

Considering the routes put up for private operations and the value proposition envisaged, it has been estimated that the private trains will enjoy an average occupancy of 50-70 per cent.

Chinese firm sues Rlys after losing Rs 470-cr contract
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

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.

Explained: Understanding the language of railway station signboards
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

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.

Sambit Patra tweets Dehradun ‘in Sanskrit’ on station board, Railways says not changed
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

Sources said the signboard in picture was part of this exercise last year when Urdu was replaced by Sanskrit, but after some local organisations objected the plan did not go ahead.

110 migrants died on Railway premises when Shramik Special trains were run
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

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.

Bihar latest to join states wanting to use Covid care isolation coaches
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

Bihar government on Wednesday made the request to the Indian Railways for 500 isolation beds or berths to be placed at Patna junction, sources said.

Explained: What did it take for Indian Railways to achieve 100% punctuality?
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

The 100 per cent punctuality on July 1 has been achieved when the network is running just 230 passenger trains – along with about 3,000 loaded freight trains and 2,200 empty ones.

High-tech work for bullet train project to be done by Indian firms
Wed, Jul 01, 2020

India is in discussions with Japan to explore if the highly technical work of laying the track of the bullet train can be done by an indigenous engineering firm.

Railways collects data on Shramik deaths, final toll may cross 100
Sun, Jun 28, 2020

Facing criticism on social media over the casualties, Railways had attributed many of the deaths to pre-existing health conditions.

Ticket data hints at people returning to cities, Railways may start more trains
Sat, Jun 27, 2020

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.

Railways floats tenders for ‘Covid surveillance’ cameras
Thu, Jun 25, 2020

While the cameras with black body sensing capability cost upwards of Rs 4 lakh a piece, industry sources said the ones without this feature would be cheaper by around half of that per camera.

Railways to end China firm’s Rs 470-crore contract
Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Railways has announced that the contract would be terminated for non-performance.

Chinese firms to lose India business in Railways, telecom
Thu, Jun 18, 2020

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.