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Privatisation of Indian Railways

14 routes identified for private trains by Southern Railway The Indian Railway has planned to offer 14 routes of 16 sets of trains in the Southern Railway for which Request for Quotations (RFQs) was issued on Wednesday after giving in-principle approval for public private partnership (PPP). A senior official of the Southern Railway said that the PPP mode, similar to the opening of the airways for private operators, would see Indian railways competing with private train operators. Thou

Why has Indian Railways opened doors for private players?

Why has Indian Railways opened doors for private players? Context: * Issue of expansion and the modernisation of Indian Railways by opening up to the private sector.   Background: * According to data maintained by the World Bank, in 2018 India had 68,443 route kilometres of railways. It is among the four largest rail networks in the world, along with the United States, China, and Russia.   Challenges: * According to the Railway Board estimates around five crore

Dr. Anil Kakodkar Committee

High Level Safety Review Committee (Railways) The Ministry of Railways had appointed a High Level Safety Review Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Anil Kakodkar to review the safety of the Indian Railways and recommend improvements. The Committee recently presented its report. The Committee recommends a total financial investment of Rs 1,00,000 crore over a five year period. If the Committee’s recommendations are accepted, the total financial implication over the five year

Analysis of Privatisation of trains

Big reform on the wrong track By, T. Stanley Babu, I.P.S. Anand and V. Carmelus are former senior Indian Railway officers. The views expressed are personal Context -   The Indian Railways is the lifeline of India, it is not just a mere transporter of passengers and goods but also a social welfare organisation. -   While the addition of more trains with high technology coaches to meet passenger expectations is a welcome feature, it is the way of privatising the

New Metro Rail Projects Proposed in the Budget

New Metro Rail Projects Proposed in the Budget FM Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget announcement stated that Metro Lite and Metro-Neo technologies will be deployed to provide metro rail systems in Tier-2 cities and the peripheral areas of Tier-1 cities, at much lesser costs with the same experience, convenience and safety. About Metro Neo Metro Neo is a mass rapid transit system providing low-cost, energy-efficient and eco-friendly urban transport solution&nbs

Railways and a question of transparency

Railways and a question of transparency Finances are out of whack Recent public statements about the performance of the Railways on the freight front seem to suggest that all is well with the Railways. In a recent interview, the CEO and Chairman of the Railway Board highlighted the fact that freight loading in January 2021 was the highest ever. A recent press report says that the freight earnings in 2020-21 are likely to be more than in 2019-20 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Both

Railway freight usage surpasses FY20 level

Railway freight usage surpasses FY20 level Context The Railways on Friday said its freight loading for the financial year 2020-21 has already surpassed the levels achieved during the last fiscal, as of March 12, driven by transportation demand from newer sectors such as automobiles, onion, sand and cotton. In 2020-21, the Railways has till now loaded 1145.68 million tonnes (mt) of freight, marginally higher from 1145.61 mt in the previous year. ‘Emerging from deficit’

Tibet gets first bullet train, links Lhasa to India border

Tibet gets first bullet train, links Lhasa to India border China started operating the first bullet train line in Tibet, linking Lhasa to Nyingchi near the border with Arunachal Pradesh. The China State Railway Group said the 435-km line, on which construction began in 2014, has a designed speed of 160 km per hour and would connect the capital city of the Tibet Autonomous Region to the border city of Nyingchi with a travel time of three and a half hours. Over 90% of the track is 3,000

Indian Railways on way to become "Largest Green Railways" in the world with Zero Carbon Emission

Indian Railways are on way to becoming "Largest Green Railways" in the world with Zero Carbon Emission Indian Railways (IR) is working in mission mode to become the largest Green Railways in the world and is moving towards becoming a “net zero carbon emitter” before 2030. Railways are guided by a holistic vision of being an environment-friendly, efficient, cost-effective, punctual and modern carrier of passengers as well as freight in order to serve the growing nee

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)

Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) What is Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS)? The national capital region (NCR) is a multi-state region with the National Capital as its centre. This region, spread over an area of about 35,000 km2, comprises the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi and some parts of the neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), in order to enhance the connectivity within the NCR, has pro

India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake

India’s First Aluminum Freight Rake India's first freight rail rakes made entirely of aluminium were recently introduced by the Union Minister for Railways. Details about the news These freight rail rakes are made entirely of aluminium, according to Hindalco. The development of the aluminium rakes aims to modernise freight transportation and enable significant carbon savings for Indian Railways. The Bhubaneswar station has flagged off 61-wagon rakes. The rakes are


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