Nov 22, 2012

High speed trains, boost to trade ties on agenda of India-China meet

World's two fastest growing economies - India and China -- will join hands to foster their economic power and counter dominance of the west in global trade sphere.

It could result in India having high speed Chinese trains and Indian information technology experts working in China. 

The two countries would provide opportunities to companies to invest in their respective countries and share technological knowhow under India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue with an aim to achieve the trade target of $70 billion by end of this year and to cross $100 billion by 2015.

China is India's biggest trade partner.

As many as 10 agreements between Indian and Chinese companies are expected to be signed at second leg of the dialogue in Delhi from November 26 being anchored by Planning Commission.

The inaugural session was held in Beijing this October where the broad outline for the cooperation was agreed upon.

The agreements in infrastructure and IT sectors indicate India is willing to allow Chinese companies to expand business here provided China allows market access to Indian companies, especially in sectors such as pharma and IT.

"Each agreement is worth $20 million dollars to start with," a senior government functionary said.

But what has enthused Indian government is the possibility of getting high speed Chinese trains for Indian railways at a cost much lesser than from the known international player Japan.

Government officials said India is looking to utilize Chinese expertise and technology to develop six high speed rail corridors including small distance routes such as Delhi and Chandigarh.

China launched its bullet trains in 2007 and within a few years it developed world's largest high-speed rail network.

While questions on safety of Chinese high speed trains have been an issue, a working group between Girish Pillai, executive director (Infrastructure) in railway ministry and Huang Min, director general in department of basic industries will chalk out the possible areas of cooperation.

Another area India and China is looking for cooperation is clean technologies with an aim to check growth of global warming causing green house gas emissions.

Two working groups - energy and environmental protection --- have been constituted to chalk out proposals for cooperation.

"We have shown willingness to learn from Chinese experience in water and energy efficiency for faster and sustainable economic growth," an official said, adding that India and China had closely collaborated on different issues in international climate and environment negotiations.

The importance of the strategic dialogue could be gauged from the fact that India is the second country in the world with which China has such an arrangement.

Zhang Ping, head of China's national development and reform commission and plan panel deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia will co-chair the dialogue.

Source - hindustan times

Transportation of Coal by Railways

Coal loading in Indian Railways has gone up from 420.21 million tonnes in 2010-11 to 455.80 million tonnes in 2011-12. In April 2012 to October 2012 Indian Railways has loaded 274.72 million tonnes which is 10.2 per cent more than the coal loading in corresponding period of last year. There is no shortfall in coal loading by the Railways on account of non-availability of sufficient rakes.

The details of contribution of coal freight in the total earnings from freight in the Railways for the last three years and the current year, is given below.
(Rs. in crore)
Coal Earnings
Total Freight Earnings
%age  to total
2011-12 (Provisional)
2012-13 up to Oct’12 (Provisional)

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source - PIB

Upgradation of Railway Stations

Improvement of services to railway passengers is among the foremost objectives of Indian Railways. Indian Railways have laid down comprehensive guidelines for provision of passenger amenities at railway stations based on passenger traffic handled by the stations. Further, upgradation of railway stations is also taken up under the Adarsh stations scheme which has been introduced in the year 2009. So far, 976 stations have been identified for upgradation under the scheme. Upgradation of stations and introduction of improved facilities to passenger is a continuous process. 

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source - PIB

Railways Encourage Private Investment for Improving Rail Infrastructure

A     draft policy for strengthening rail connectivity and capacity augmentation is under consideration. The policy envisages certain participative models to encourage private investment for improving rail infrastructure.

A number of areas have been identified for project execution through Public Private Partnership. These include an elevated rail corridor (Churchgate, Private freight terminals, Terminal Development Scheme, Development of Automobile and Ancillary Hub, Liberalized Wagon Investment Scheme, Wagon Leasing Scheme, Automobile Freight Train Operators Scheme, Special Freight Train Operator Scheme, Port connectivity, Dedicated Freight Corridors and loco and coach manufacturing units, etc.

Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have been signed with Belgium, Austria and Spain for cooperation for effective development and modernisation of Railway sector in the country. The cooperation programme, inter alia, includes consultation for modernisation of railway stations, introduction of High Speed, Signalling, etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
Source - PIB

Railway Minister Declares Commencement of 20 Budget announced Train Services

The Minister of Railways, Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal, declared the commencement of twenty Budget announced train services at a press conference here today.  These train services include introduction of some new trains, extension of some existing trains and increase in frequency of some existing trains.
                        The new trains will be flagged off from respective railway stations within next seven to ten days whereas extension and increase in frequency will be introduced with immediate effect as operationally feasible after today i.e. 21.11.2012.  Following is the list of the train services:-

Railway Budget 2012-13

Train No. and Name
Station for inauguration
13137/13138 Barrackpore-Azamgarh Express (Weekly)
15111/15112 Chhapra-Manduadih Intercity Express (Daily)
51437/51438 Miraj-Kurudwadi Passenger (Daily)
68061/68062 Adra-Asansol MEMU (Daily)
68083/68084 Adra-Bishnupur MEMU (Daily)
22870/22869 Visakhapatnam-Chennai Express (Weekly)
22801/22802 Visakhapatnam-Sai Nagar ShirdiExpress (Weekly)
12761/12762 Karimnagar-Tirupati Express (Weekly)
12775/12776 Kakinada-Secunderabad AC Express (Tri-weekly)
11651/11652 Jabalpur-Singrauli Intercity Express (Daily)
Anandnagar-Barahani Passenger (Daily)
Gorakhpur-Siwan passenger (Daily) via Kaptanganj,Thawe

Railway Budget 2011-12

22205/22206 Chennai-Madurai AC Duronto (Bi-weekly)
22207/22208 Chennai-Trivandrum AC Duronto (Bi-weekly)
12035/12036 Jaipur-Agra Shatabdi Express (6 days a week)
66304/66305 Kollam-Nagercoil MEMU (6 days a week)


Railway Budget 2012-13

15013/15014 Kathgodam-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Expressupto Jodhpur
Delhi Sarai Rohilla
12037/12038 New Delhi-Ludhiana Shatabdi Expressupto Moga (2 days).


Railway Budget 2012-13

12457/12458 Delhi Sarai Rohilla-Bikaner Express from 3 days to daily.
Increase in frequency of 12731/12732 Secunderabad-Tirupati Express with new no. and route (via Kacheguda,DhoneGootyDharmavaram)

                        Also present on the occasion among others were the Ministers of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy and Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Chairman, Railway Board and other Board Members.
Source - PIB





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