Child Labourers work on the railway tracks on the outskirts of Agartala on Tuesday last week
Agartala: Efforts to establish broad-gauge rail connectivity between Agartala and Badarpur in Barak Valley maybe thrown off schedule owing to delays by the Union ministry of environment and forests in providing environmental clearance to lay tracks. The stretch in question is part of Trishna wildlife sanctuary in South Tripura’s Belonia […]

Agartala-Badarpur BG dream hits Green hurdle

A K Bhattacharya
Making Indian Railways more Competitive: Column by A K Bhattacharya Most travellers in India know that the start of a festival season is a testing time. If you have not planned well in advance, getting train tickets for a safe and comfortable journey is almost impossible just before and during the […]

IR needs Dynamic Fare-Fixing System and improved Management & Marketing ...

Railway Minister exercise
Professor KK Goyal of Vadodara-based National Academy of Indian Railways (NAIR) shows this movie clip to a group of accounting probationers after bombarding them with numbers pertaining to the Indian Railways (IR) that run into 12 digits. For the probationers, this train scene from the timeless 1972 film Pakeezah turns […]

How Railway Minister is trying to make IR more Efficient ...

ranchi metro meeting
Ranchi: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday instructed the Urban Development department to take necessary steps for preparation of DPR, arrangement of funds from financial bodies like Asian Development Bank for the purpose of setting up of Mono Rail project connecting Namkum, Ratu Road, Kutchery, Main Road and Project Building […]

Jharkhand CM asks MUD to initiate steps for DPR on ...

Rahul Agrawal, Abhishek Agrawal and Rajiv Mittal of Comesum
New Delhi: A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation exposed a major scam in the supply of packaged drinking water within the Railways, it has now emerged that the ‘Rail Neer’ contractor had  made a business empire worth Rs 500 crore in just over a decade. As per a […]

Rail Neer contractor made Rs.500 Crore worth business empire in ...

Comesum entrance Dhanbad
A major player in Railway catering service, Comesum Group, has come under scanner of CBI which has arrested two senior rail officials and a businessman in connection with alleged corruption in supply of packaged drinking water in Rajdhani and other superfast trains. Sandeep Silas, a 1984-batch Indian Railway Traffic Service […]

CBI lens on catering major Comesum

Alstom driver-less Metropolis Metro Railcars parked at company's Manufacturing Plant
Kochi: With the first lot of Kochi Metro coaches expected to arrive by mid-December, Alstom has offered two crucial value additions that together cost Rs.55 crore. A pioneering initiative to regenerate 99 per cent of braking energy of each train would increase the project cost by Rs.15 crore, from Rs.633 […]

Alstom offers Driverless Trains to Kochi Metro

Indonesia signing deal with China for HSR
When China was chosen to handle the high-speed railway project for Jakarta-Bandung with a value of US$5.5 billion or about Rp80 trillion, the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister said that the project won’t use any state budget. She said that 75% of the budget will be transferred from China Development Bank […]

Jakarta-Bandung HSR Deal: SOE assets taken Hostage for China Bullet ...

Indonesian President signing deal with China for HSR
Jakarta: After years of intense lobbying with several countries, including India, in an effort to sell its high-speed rail technology,China has finally bagged its first ever overseas bullet train project signing a $5.5 billion deal with Indonesia. The two countries inked an agreement inJakarta on Friday to launch a joint […]

China signs its first $5.5 Billion bullet train deal with ...

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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked DMRC to increase frequency ofmetro trains in both peak and non-peak hours and said his government will bear any loss that may arise out of this move. The AAP government has also decided to provide bus services at a frequency of […]

Kejriwal urge DMRC to increase overall Metro frequency in Delhi

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New Delhi: Funding would not be a problem for the new India-Bangladesh railway project along Tripura and once completed it would provide a major boost to the region’s development and economy, union Minister Jitendra Singh said here on Friday. “Funds will not be a major problem for the Agartala-Akhaura railway project. […]

Railway Ministry assures funds for India-Bangladesh Rail project

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New Delhi: The government’s focus on developing and reforming the Indian Railways will help the national transporter emerge as the next growth engine for the country’seconomy over the next decade, a report stated. Leading brokerage JM Financial has come out with its report ‘Railways: Turning the Corner’ focussing on Indian […]

IR to be country’s next Growth Engine for Economy: JM ...

Make in India IR
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Wednesday that the Railways will be a significant contributor to the ‘Make in India’ programme through its focus on indigenising production of a host of segments, including state-of-the-art locomotives, high-end equipment and processes, that go into the working of the network. Inaugurating the 11th […]

IR to be Big Contributor to ‘Make in India’, says ...

CBI officials with cash amounting to more than 20 crores recovered during search of seven private firms that allegedly supplying cheap packaged drinking water (PDW) other than mandatory “Rail Neer” in premium trains 1
IRCTC incurred losses due to alleged corruption in supply of packaged water on trains New Delhi: The CBI on Saturday recovered Rs 27 Crore in cash during searches at 13 locations against two former Northern Railways officials and seven private firms in connection with alleged corruption in supply of packaged […]

CBI busts Rail Neer Scam in Railways; seizes Rs.27 Crore ...

Suresh Prabhu angry
New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday directed the Railway Board Chairman to probe complaints into Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) reservation system and ordered technical audit of online bookings. “Chairman Rail Board will investigate complaints into IRCTC bookings to ensure full transparency. Complete technical audit ordered […]

Railway Minister orders probe into Ticket Rigging

Jiri Tupul Rail line site
Imphal: The Northeast Frontier Railway have accomplished another achievement with the Jiri-Tupul Railway Tunnel No 10 ‘blast programme’ which was conducted on Saturday. Railway sources said the programme was held under COA/CON/II Surinder Pal in presence of Mohan Lal (CE/C/VII/MLG) and Kumar (DY/C/II/JIRIBM), the construction agency chief functionary and other key […]

Jiribam-Tupul Railway Tunnel No 10 ‘breakthrough blast programme’

Haldia: South Eastern Railway’s general manager Radhey Shyam today while inspecting the DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit)factory under construction here, flagged off a new 8-coach DMU rake. The DMU factory for which the foundation stone was laid in 2011,is unique of its kind for faster execution with latest state-of-the-art design, techniques […]

SER GM Radhey Shyam flag off DMU from Haldia factory

Suresh Prabhu World Bank Singapore
Singapore: Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu visited Singapore to participate as a key speaker during the Infrastructure Finance Summit 2015 organised on 20th October 2015 by theWorld Bank in association with the Government of Singapore.  Shri Suresh Prabhu was specially invited by Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Tharman […]

Suresh Prabhu addresses Infrastructure Finance Summit 2015, Singapore

Union Ministers' flagging off the Science Express Climate Action Special 1
‘World Discussing Climate Change, India Leading the World on Climate Action by Running Climate Action Express’: Javadekar  ‘Climate Change Big Cause of Concern Globally, we need to take Concerted Action’: Suresh Prabhu ‘Every Citizen should Continuously Work to Reduce Global Warming’: Harsh Vardhan New Delhi: Three Ministries, led by their […]

3 Ministries come together to Flag-off Science Express Climate Action ...

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Indian Railways have been procuring power through the State Utilities at an average rate of Rs 6.75 per unit. Adani Power Ltd have been awarded the contract at a landed tariff of Rs 3.69 per kWH (unit) for a period of three years,” Indian Railways said in press statement issued […]

Adani to supply 50 MW Electricity to Railways at Rs ...

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Saudi Railway Company (SAR) has placed an order for 1,200 rail tank cars from US supplier Greenbrier. The cars will be used to transport molten sulfur and phosphoric acid from mining operations in the Sirhan-Turaif region of northern Saudi Arabia. Greenbrier will manufacture the cars, which will be built to US standards, […]

Greenbrier to supply Rail Tank cars to Saudi Arabia

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The European Commission’s Transport Council has reached an agreement over the political pillar of the Fourth railway package which calls for a “gradual” liberalisation of rail operations across member states. During a meeting in Luxembourg today (October 8) the council backed the two underpinning principles of the political pillar which focus on creating […]

EU backs gradual Privitisation of Europe’s Railways

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Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD), a subsidiary of Progress Rail, displayed its first Tier 4 freight locomotive at Railway Interchange. The SD70ACe-T4 locomotive has a 12-cylinder engine powering an AC traction system. EMD hopes to make the model available from the second half of 2016. The first of six pre-production Tier 4 compliant diesel locomotives […]

EMD unveils first Tier-4 Freight Locomotive

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The long-delayed US$7 billion metro system in Kuwait is back on track, with new advisers appointed and bidding likely to start next year. Fatima Al Kandari, a project manager at the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), said the authority was in the process of updating feasibility studies for the […]

Kuwait’s long-delayed $7 Billion Metro Rail System back on track

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Chennai: In an attempt to achieve perfect alignment of tracks, metro rail has adopted wireless technology from a US-based company that set alignment for bullet train tracks in China. Working in association with Larsen and Toubro, a small team from Trimble, which has an R&D Unit in Chennai, uses equipment that […]

Chennai Metro Rail uses Wireless Tech for perfect track alignment

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New Delhi: Struggling to meet deadlines for the execution of 77 rail projects announced in the Budget, the Railway board is now considering a proposal to permit the Railways to invite tenders even for projects awaiting in-principle approval from NITI Aayog. The Railway Board announced this in an order to all […]

Ahead of NITI Aayog Nod, IR mulls Tenders for 77 ...

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New Delhi: All the 60,000 coaches in Indian Railways will soon be provided with user-friendly dustbins, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday said. Barring air-condition (AC) and a few non-AC sleeper coaches, majority of coaches currently don’t have dustbins resulting in problems in disposing garbage by the passengers in moving […]

Railway to provide Dustbins in all 60000 Coaches soon: Prabhu

The projects include commissioning of new lines, gauge conversion and doubling of existing tracks in certain busy stretches. Indian Railways will commission multiple projects running into 2,500 km to decongest its choked network, a major focus area of this year’s rail budget, to free up line capacities for faster movement […]

IR lines up big plans to improve services: V K ...

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New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said the much talked about dedicated freight corridor (DFC) project has now been fast-tracked. “Dedicated freight corridor (DFC) on fast track. 82K project cabinet approved. Tenders issued 17K in 6mts, more than in 6 years. Bal this fiscal,” Mr Prabhu tweeted late Monday night […]

Dedicated Freight Corridor on Fast Track: Suresh Prabhu

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Thousands of commuters using Parel station — with narrow platforms and a creaky overcrowded foot overbridge — have some good news coming their way. Central Railway issued work orders worth Rs.25 crore to build a terminus at Parel. The tender for this work will be opened on November 24 and […]

Parel Terminus plan gets Rs.25 Crore, work to begin early ...

L-R - Rohaida Ali Badaruddin, President SEB, Kanesan Veluppillai, CEO SEB, Jaromir Hajek, Sales Director Skoda and Mark Staib, Director Global Manufacturing, Scomi Rail at the Press Conference on 2 Sept 2015 (Wed) @ the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Scomi Engineering ( and Czech transport engineering company Skoda Transportation have signed a Collaboration Agreement relating to the joint development of Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) vehicles. The partnership will see both parties emerge with new product offerings to complement their existing suite of transport solutions, products […]

Scomi Engg, Skoda Transportation to collaborate in Joint Development of ...

Colombo Railway Stn
Sri Lanka is planning either Monorails or Subways for the project, which is estimated to cost $2.5bn. Colombo expects to introduce an urban rail system by 2019 Colombo: Sri Lanka will be calling for international competitive bids for its first urban railway project, that would connect the centre of the capital city […]

Sri Lanka to call Bids for $2.5 Billion Urban Rail ...

Bombardier Cityflo 650
Bombardier Transportation has secured two new mass transit projects, expanding its presence in the North American market. Under a contract from Crosslinx Transit Solutions, Bombardier will deliver its Cityflo 650 communications-based train control (CBTC) system for Toronto’s Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line. The contract, which is the company’s […]

Bombardier wins two Rail Communication projects in North America

Highspeed rail
Indian and Japan Government teams are working for past 5 to 6 years towards implementing this Superfast Shinkansen trains in India to provide extremely efficient time and energy saving along with security and safety for passengers. Many Japanese firms who are notable for Super-fast trains in Japan; have started bidding […]

Japanese firms step up Multi-Dimensional approach in India’s HSR Plans ...

Intl Rail Managers
Modern IT solutions are the key to more efficient rail services – this was the prevailing view of those present at the “IT for Rail” conference, held in Rome Oct. 1–2. Over 25 top managers from prestigious European rail groups took up the joint invitation to Rome from the Italian […]

International Rail Managers discuss efficient Resource Planning

Siemens RailFusion
Siemens launches RailFusion Big Data Asset Monitoring Software that monitors and analyses Data Points across an entire RailRoad Infra Siemens, at Railway Interchange-2015 held at Minneapolis between October 4-7, introduced RailFusion, a software solution that monitors and analyzes data points across an entire railroad’s infrastructure including onboard and wayside assets […]

Siemens RailFusion to turn Big Data into Intelligence

dmrc security
New Delhi: Over 60 security breaches either by way of smuggling of unchecked baggages or unfrisked entry of passengers inside Delhi Metro stations have been detected this year, underlining the chinks in the armour of the rapid rail network used by an estimated 26 lakh people every day. The number […]

Over 60 Security Breaches reported in Delhi Metro system this ...

Farmers resting under a tent on the rail tracks at Muchhal village near Amritsar on the fourth day of their ‘Rail Roko’ agitation on Sunday
Indian Railways suffers repeated disruption in train services in the North India in the recent past, due to various incidents among which Fire Accident at RRI/Itarsi and Farmers ‘Rail Roko’ agitation in Punjab being the two major ones hit the worst ever in the history of Indian Railways Farmers’ ‘Rail Roko’ […]

IR reeling under huge Losses due to repeat disruption of ...

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New Delhi: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has rolled out a rail ­based weekend travel package from November 21 that allows fast paced travellers to zip through the Golden Triangle the three historic and vibrant cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in three Shatabdi Express trains. The two […]

IRCTC launches Golden Triangle Shatabdi Trains week-end package

Amitabh Bachchan
Commemorating his iconic role in the 1983 movie Coolie, porters at the Habibganj railway station in Bhopal on Sunday celebrated the 73rd birthday of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Born on October 11, 1942, Amitabh Harivansh Bachchan, is an Indian film actor. With more than 45 years of filmy career, Amitabh first gained popularity […]

Railway Coolies celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday

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On September 22, 2015, the reconstructed Birmingham railway station opened on schedule at the end of a £750 million-plus, six-year project, much to the glee of Birminghamians Originally built in 1854, the sprawling landmark at the centre of a bustling metropolis had been put through several hodge-podge face-lifts, at the […]

How Rail Professionals of Indian origin brought Happy Trains to ...

Suresh Prabhu UTS on Mobile CRIS
Union Minister for Railway Suresh Prabhu has launched ‘JUMBO Bonanza of UTS on Mobile’ a new mobile app for the railway commuters. In order to save time passengers can download a mobile application called as ‘Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) on mobile’. With this initiative, Central Railway would be rescued from […]

Prabhu launches new JUMBO Bonanza of UTS on Mobile

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the foundation stone laying ceremony for Metro corridors from Dahisar to DN Nagar in Mumbai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared that the Union Government to observe November 26 as “Constitution Day” while laying the Foundation Stone for the Rs.7900 Crore fourth terminal at country’s largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) situated off the financial capital’s eastern seafront New Delhi: Barely a month […]

Prime Minister praises Suresh Prabhu for doing Good Work

At time of booking, the current available seat is in waiting list, passenger would be provided an option to opt for accommodation in alternate train. This would be irrespective of declaration of run of alternate train. This scheme shall be provided for passengers of all train type. This scheme shall […]

Train Accommodation Scheme for fully Waitlist Passengers

IRSE Conference
New Delhi: With Guidance and support from Indian Railways and Railway PSU “Rail India Technical and Economic Service” (RITES), “Institute of Rolling Stock Engineers” (IRSE) and “Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers Association” (IRSMEA), are organizing an international technical conference on “ Rail Coach Interiors: Innovation, Safety, Comfort” at New […]

International Technical Conference on “Rail Coach Interiors, Innovation, Safety, Comfort” ...

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Vijayawada-Gudur section which is falling on the Vijayawada Division of SCR is one of the Risky Railway routes on Indian Railways with regular robberies by the trains running in nights. Ironically, DRM/BZA is quite insensitive in containing the menace! Vijayawada: The series of midnight robberies on the Vijayawada-Gudur section is a cause of […]

DRM/BZA’s insensitivity towards Night Robberies on BZA-GDR Section a cause ...

Bibek Debroy big
This is a cliched claim that floats around freely, especially on the Net. The Romans used chariots, yoked to two horses. The chariots created ruts on the roads. If a chariot’s width didn’t match the rut exactly, it keeled over. Thus standardisation occurred across all those chariots, measured as the […]

Bibek Debroy: Key to Running a successful Rail Network lies ...

Nagpur: Buoyed by the successful maintenance of locos and transition of electric loco shed at Ajni, the Railway Board has offered another major facility and training centre to maintain 12,000 horse power (HP) locos at Ajni under the Nagpur Central Railway. According to railway sources, the Rs.100 crore facility will […]

INR 100 Crore facility in 10-12 Ac to come up at Ajni to maintain ...

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Mettupalayam: Some of the oldest locomotives and coaches used for Nilgiris Mountain rail were exhibited at the Rail Museum, which opened today at the Mettupalayam railway station, some 40 Kms from here. The museum with more than 100 exhibits was inaugurated on Wednesday by General Manager of Southern Railway Vashista Johri […]

Nilgiris Mountain Rail Museum opened at Mettupalayam Station

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As a part of its concerted effort to introduce the major initiative of ‘Accounting Reforms’ in Indian Railways as per the 2015-16 Rail Budget announcement of the Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, several Workshops and seminars are being planned and organised. Continuing with such efforts another important Workshop, to […]

Suresh stresses for Integrated IT enabled Accounting Architecture for Railways

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Kozhikode: The Commercial Taxes Department is planning to open a permanent checking station at the Kozhikode Railway station to prevent the illegal movement of goods evading tax. A proposal in this regard has been submitted to the consideration of the Southern Railway authorities and on clearance of the formalities, a […]

Commercial Taxes Dept. plans Check Post at Kozhikode Railway Station ...

Guwahati High Court
Gawahati High Court has issued show-cause notices to the Union ministry of railways and the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for failure to complete the Silchar-Lumding broad-gauge project within the stipulated date. The bench, comprising Chief Justice K.Sreedhar Rao and Justice […]

Guwahati High Court issues Show Cause notice to Railways

dg rpf award receiving
New Delhi: Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, presented a Certificate of Excellence to Shri Rajiva Ranjan Verma, Director General / RPF, this commendable contribution of Railway Protection Force (RPF) during “Operation Smile”, in the field of Anti Human Trafficking. It was presented in a function on National Conference of Anti […]

DG/RPF receives Award of Excellence in the field of Anti ...

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New Delhi: In a relief to senior citizens, female passengers above the age of 45 and pregnant women, the Railways today decided to increase the lower-berth seat quota earmarked for them to four from the current two. The increase, however, will not be applicable in the AC three tier and […]

Railways extend Quota for Senior Citizens, Females, Pregnant Women

Rail University Students
New Delhi: In what could prove to be a setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan of setting up four National Rail Universities in India, an internal report of the Railway Board has suggested that such universities are not necessary. Earlier this year, a high-level delegation from the Ministry of […]

National Rail Universities: Internal Report of Railway Board says “not ...