This decision effectively restores train services to the pre-pandemic state. Ready-to-eat meals, however, will continue to be served on demand. The cooked food service may start from December 1, or even earlier, subject to how prepared licensees are.
Instead of PPP, Railways has decided to return to the old Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) model of execution, The Indian Express has learnt. Under this model, it will be the paymaster of the work to be carried out by construction firms.
Sources said there are plans to patent the logos of India's other mountain railways as well, such as the Mettupalayam-Udagamandalam Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the Kalka-Shimla Railway, and the Matheran Hill Railway.
The Railways has conveyed to the Ministry of Food Processing Industries that the amount required to cover the relief this year would be almost three-fold the money sanctioned, records reviewed by The Indian Express show.
IRCTC, a government-controlled company that provides ticketing, catering, and tourism services, had informed the stock exchanges after market hours on Thursday that the ministry had written to it, asking to share the revenues from convenience fee in a 50-50 ratio.
This is for the first time that the government has brought out a draft notification to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR), 1989, to introduce such safety provisions in the legal framework for operation of vehicles in India.
In an order issued on Tuesday, the Railway Ministry withdrew the earlier policy, promulgated during the time of Vaishnaw's predecessor Piyush Goyal in December 2019, that had mandated that the Railway Board would first screen and award the work to eligible Public sector undertakings (PSUs).
Instructions have gone out to the principal chief operations managers of all zonal railways to man operations control rooms round the clock and produce hourly bulletins for the ministry and the general managers.
“They are supposed to complete it by September 2026. I have asked them to finish it by December 2023 so that the Prime Minister can inaugurate it before Republic Day of 2024. It's a challenge I know, but I'm confident they can do it on time,” Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.
The 6.5-km escape tunnel is ready to be partially opened for controlled traffic around November, giving tourist destination Sonmarg connectivity to Srinagar, as also maintaining supplies through the winter for the first time.
Starting September 13, all ministries, departments and subordinate offices, as per instructions from Cabinet Secretariat, have been preparing the material and identifying the scope of the work to be done.