Jan 4, 2016

Ministry of Railways Prepares Concept Paper On Rail Development Authority of India

The Concept Paper Has Been Uploaded On The Railway Ministry’s Website www.indianrailways.gov.in
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The Comments Can Be Submitted By 30th January, 2016

            Ministry of Railways has prepared a concept paper on Rail Development authority of India which has been uploaded on the Indian Railway website namely www.indianrailways.gov.in. The salient features of the Note are:
·         Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu in his speech for Rail Budget 2015-16 had said that for orderly development of infrastructure services, enabling competition and protection of customer interest, it is important to have a regulation mechanism independent of the service provider. The concept paper has been prepared in line with the vision presented by the Minister of Railways.

Railways can help push India’s GDP by 2.5%: Suresh Prabhu

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has voiced confidence that railways would help push India’s GDP by 2.5% in the coming years, asserting that Narendra Modi government was especially focusing on research and development works so that the transporter acts as a growth engine.

Earlier, little effort was made in the field of research and development in the railways. However, the NDA government has signed agreements with 14 countries including Japan and Korea to undertake research and development works, the minister said at a function at Jammu railway station.

Punjab plea on Special Sikh Pilgrim Trains may not get Railway Board nod

Railways has been cross-subsidizing passenger fares by freight to make trains affordable for the common man

Sikh Pilgrims in TrainsProposing free train passage for Sikh pilgrims and people from Punjab to places of religious importance ahead of state elections, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has requested the ministry of railways to bear 50 per cent of the cost of running these trains.In a letter to the railways, the Punjab chief minister has estimated a total cost of providing free journey at about Rs 185 crore and urged it to share half of the financial burden.

Railways fast-tracks Mumbai bullet train project, sets up Co

New Delhi: The railways ministry has fast-tracked the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor by setting up a separate company, on the lines of the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC), which will build and operate the NDA government’s ambitious project.
The company will be registered in January. The process has already being initiated by Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC), reflecting the state-run transporter’s intent to accelerate the actual work on the Modi government’s dream project expected to put the country’s railway sector in the big league.

Railways, Odisha plan to build 33 Rail-over-Bridges (ROBs)

Railway Over Bridges ROBsBhubaneswar: The ministry of railways and the state government are planning to jointly construct 33 new rail overbridges (ROB) in different districts of Odisha.
Sixteen such bridges are already under construction, official sources said.
“The fund sharing pattern will vary from project to project. Land acquisition remains an area of concern,” said an engineer of the works department, requesting anonymity.

Railways seeks INR 32000 Crore Financial Grant from Finance Ministry

Railways lands in a tough spot as the proposed hike in employee salary makes finances precarious

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking Rs.32,000 crore during the next three to four years for implementing the seventh pay commission recommendations.

Railways bear over 35 per cent of the amount spent on pay and allowances of the total Central government employees. Prabhu has pointed that this is more than one-third of the burden to be caused by implementing the commission’s recommendations.

Your Rajdhani train will now sport multi-coloured bed rolls, designed by NIFT

"It has been decided that the interiors of the coaches are changed including replacing the white colour bedrolls with multi-coloured ones," said a senior Railway Ministry official.
The bedroll consists of two bed sheets, one pillow, a blanket and a hand towel.

White bed sheets and pillow covers in trains are set to become a thing of the past as Railways is introducing multi-colour bedrolls designed by NIFT. Besides bedrolls, curtains of AC coaches are also being redesigned.

“It has been decided that the interiors of the coaches are changed including replacing the white colour bedrolls with multi-coloured ones. The newly-designed bedrolls will be introduced in one of the Rajdhani trains shortly,” said a senior Railway Ministry official.

Assolda villagers oppose Rail Freight Terminal project in Goa

Curchorem: The residents of Assolda Village Panchayat have expressed their strong opposition to the proposed Rail Freight Terminal project to be constructed by Sociadade De Fomento industries at Assolda and Xic Xelvona.

At a special gram sabha held at the village panchayat hall, the members passed a resolution opposing the rail freight terminal project to be constructed for handling multi cargo.

Khongsang-Dimapur Rail Line: Minister assures necessary fund allocation

Imphal: The Railway Ministry has approved construction of a new railway line from Khongsang, Tamenglong district to Dimapur, Nagaland, said BJP Manipur Pradesh executive member .

Speaking to media persons at their Nityaipat Chuthek office here today, Adim Panmei said that they called upon Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on December 28 and reviewed the work progress of Jiribam-Tupul railway work.

The State delegates proposed a new railway project which would connect Khongsang to Dimapur and the Railway Minister approved the same proposal.

Central Railway faces Dilemma over Use of Coaches

Central Railway (CR) may soon start to resemble a battleground, what with the inter-departmental fight over whether coaches from Western Railway (WR) should be used to convert harbour to 12-coaches or to replace nearly 144 old coaches on the mainline.

According to officials however, irrespective of which side wins, commuters on both harbour and the mainline stand to lose. Officials said there are now two schools of thought within CR and each has a valid point, making it a tough decision to make. “On the one hand, if we do not scrap the 144 coaches that are running past their warranty, it might become a problem if derailment takes place in Mumbai and people are injured or worse. On the other hand, harbour has been bursting at the seams with travelling in nine-coaches becoming next to impossible as people have shifted to areas like Kharghar and Mansarova and there is fear that a Diva-like riot might occur,” said an official.

Railways to introduce ‘Safety Cess’ to raise Funds for NRSF

New Delhi: The Indian Railways is reportedly planning to impose a “safety cess” to mop up funds for its proposed Rs 1.1 lakh crore non-lapsable National Railway Safety Fund (NRSF) so as to upgrade its infrastructure to improve safety standards and avoid accidents.

Even though the railway department is contemplating on seeking about 60% of the funds for the safety programme from the finance ministry, it is planning to raise the remaining funds from other measures including a cess.

“Apart from the funds expected from the finance ministry, innovative methods would be used to generate resources,” a senior official told.

“We may introduce a safety cess for a particular period and may tap the private market too,” the source added.

Lucknow Shatabdi evacuated, searched after bomb scare on Delhi-Kanpur trains

Delhi Police got a call stating a bomb in a train would explode within 72 hours.
Representational image.
The Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi was evacuated and searched at Ghaziabad Sunday following information about a possible bomb threat. Delhi Police alerted Northern Railways about the threat and advised a thorough check of all trains including Rajdhani and Duronto Express between Delhi and Kanpur.

Delhi Police got a call stating a bomb in a train would explode within 72 hours, said sources. After checking, it turned out to be a hoax call, but coming a day after the Pathankot terror attack, officials stepped up vigil.









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