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DAILY NEWS ANALYSIS

  • 17 October, 2019

  • 4 Min Read

SEWA SERVICE TRAINS

CONTEXT:

  • Indian Railways has launched 10 ‘Sewa Service’ trains, to improve last-mile connectivity. These Sewa Service trains will connect small towns with their closest major cities and ease the hassle of travelling for daily passengers.
  • These trains helps divert short distance traffic from roads to the railways.
  • The railways introduced Sewa Service trains to ensure congestion free roads and faster ease of movement for public.

MAIN POINTS:

  • These trains will run on the “Hub and Spoke” Model, thereby facilitating passengers to use these trains to reach the “Hub” for availing onward journey to other major stations.
  • These measures are also expected to boost the earnings of the Indian Railways to help in strengthening the economy.
  • Highly beneficial to the common people especially those who come to metro cities for jobs and education.
  • It is a part of ‘sweating of assets’ initiative by the Indian Railways. This was part of strategies of Indian Railways to have better utilization of the rolling stock without any requisition fornew rolling stock.

ROUTES:

"Sweating of assets" concept:

"Sweating the assets" is variously defined as cutting costs, virtualizing, or getting "as much use as possible out of what you already possess.

OTHER NEW INITIATIVES OF RAILWAYS:

  • Railways has taken transformational steps like Cleanliness campaign in Railway premises across the country, Wi-Fi facility at 5000 Railway stations,Installation of Bio toilets in coaches to clean the tracks, Ayushmann Bharat facility in Railway hospitals across the country.

Source: LIVEMINT , PIB


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