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Feb 2, 2016
Indian Railways has launched special trains between Nagpur and Pune, and Nagpur and Amritsar, for the month of February.
The Maratha heritage sites of Pune and the Golden Temple of Amritsar are set to attract more travellers from Nagpur this month. In a move to ease the pressure of an extra rush of passengers on these routes, Indian Railways has announced the launch of four special air-conditioned trains.
Basically, there will be two new trains -- one from Nagpur to Pune, and the other from Nagpur to Amritsar, and both of them will have their return journeys as well, making it a total of four new trains.
Indian Railways on Monday launched an e-tendering portal to bring transparency in the execution of work contracts and make it cost-effective for the bidders.
This is a major step to bring transparency in the system as our aim is to put every transaction online, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said at the launch in New Delhi.
Railways invite around 25,000 tenders every year involving an expenditure of about Rs. 35,000 crores for the upgradation, creation of new assets, and other works.
Prabhu said the new tendering system will also be cost-effective and save time as any bidder can now download the tendering document and submit it online.
This has been done to prevent any possible misuse of online booking facility as it has been felt that a genuine passenger does not require to book tickets online for more than six times in a month
New Delhi: Come February 15, passengers can book train tickets online only six times a month instead of existing 10 on Indian Railways’ e-ticketing website. Under the existing system of online booking, one can book tickets on Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website 10 times a month but from February 15, it will be reduced to six times, a senior Railway Ministry official said.
This has been done to prevent any possible misuse of online booking facility as it has been felt that a genuine passenger does not require to book tickets online for more than six times in a month, he said. According to an analysis of usage of quota of booking 10 tickets in a month, it indicated that 90 per cent of users were booking upto six tickets in a given month and only 10 per cent were booking more than six, he said, adding that it is suspected that the 10 per cent users might be involved in touting activities. Therefore, to deter such touts and to facilitate genuine users, it has been decided that a maximum of six tickets can be booked by an individual user in a month, said the official.
New Delhi: In some relief to the railways, the finance ministry has restored support to the national transporter from general exchequer to the tune of Rs 32,000 crore for the current financial year.
The ministry had earlier slashed the gross budgetary support (GBS) to the railways by Rs 12,000 crore for 2015-16, citing slow pace of work.
The railways has asked Finance Ministry to restore its GBS of Rs 40,000 crore. The decision of a 30% cut in GBS had come as a big shock to the railways as it is already grappling with an expected burden of around Rs 32,000 crore, due to the 7th pay commission and a slide in earnings.
• Vadodara will be the country's first railway university.
• HRD ministry has worked out detailed modalities.
• Vadodara will be the country's first railway university.
• HRD ministry has worked out detailed modalities.
• National Academy of Indian Railways now trains and management development institute for the officers of Indian Railways.
VADODARA: Vadodara will be home to the country's first railway university, minister of state for railways Manoj Sinha has said.
Sinha, who is on a two days visit to Gujarat, said on Saturday that the state government was helping Indian Railways identify land to set up a full-fledged railway university.
Vadodara: Union Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha has said Mumbai will continue to be the headquarters of the Western Railway (WR).
Sinha, who was on a two-day tour of Vadodara division, WR, told PTI yesterday, “Mumbai will continue to be the WR headquarters and the proposal to shift it to Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar (in Gujarat) has been rejected in the past. There arises no question to deliberate on the issue again.”
Sinha said the location of railway headquarters is decided on the basis of operational and administrative requirements, consistent with the needs of economy and efficiency and not on regional considerations.
“Railways (Ministry) did not find the proposal feasible,” he added.
Vadodara: Vadodara-based National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) may be upgraded into a Railway University even as the Centre works on setting up four Railway Universities across the country as proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year with the aim to train manpower for the Indian Railways.
Human Resource Development ministry is looking into every aspect of converting NAIR – an institute set up in Vadodara in 1952 to train officers of various departments into management and technical aspects of the Indian Railways – into a university, Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, said in Vadodara on Friday.
Vadodara: Tenders worth Rs 17,500 crore related to dedicated freight corridor (DFC) project will be finalised by March, said Minister of State for Railways Mr.Manoj Sinha here on Saturday.
Talking to reporters here, he said most of the land acquisition and statutory clearances for DFC have been completed or obtained. Project execution has also begun with the award of civil contracts for 1,100km route.
The ambitious Rs 81,459-crore project envisages freight rail lines along the western corridor between Delhi and Mumbai and the eastern corridor between Ludhiana and Howrah, running through Delhi.
New Delhi: Railways will equip Gangmen with a modern device called ‘Rakshak’ as part of a move to augment safety of its employees involved in track maintenance.
Gangmen, now redesignated as Track Maintainers, are most vulnerable to getting run over by trains while performing their duty round-the-clock. About 400 gangmen are killed every year in train accidents while on duty.
The Railway Ministry is investing billions of dollars to modernise the sector and give a push to the ‘Make in India’ initiative which is a marathon, not a sprint, says Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the biggest challenge before the country is building an ecosystem in which investments and innovation in technology lead to increased productivity and creation of jobs. The Railways Ministry is investing billions of dollars to modernise the sector and give a push to the ‘Make in India’ initiative, which is a “marathon” and not a “sprint”, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said today. ‘Make in India’ “is a mission and not a slogan. We are working on it. I always say that if you are doing a marathon run, do not run as a sprinter,” he said here at the Global Business Summit.
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