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Indian Railways start 4 new Shatabdi & 1 Duronto trains

Indian Railways has announced four Shatabdi Express trains and one Duronto Express Special Train, revealed Piyush Goyal, Railways Minister, Govt. of India. “The operations of these four Shatabdi and one Duronto Express Special Trains will start from 10 April 2021 to 15 April 2021. This has been done to provide railway commuter safe and comfortable journey,” he said in a tweet.

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Niti Aayog moots Rs. 22,500-crore plan for 150 private trains on 100 routes

Niti Aayog and the Indian Railways have come out with a discussion paper for running 150 trains on 100 routes by private operators, envisaging an investment of ₹ 22,500 crore. The discussion paper titled ‘Private Participation: Passenger Trains’ has identified 100 routes, including Mumbai Central-New Delhi, New Delhi- Patna, Allahabad-Pune and Dadar-Vadodara. Other prominent routes include Howrah-Chennai, Howrah Patna, Indore-Okhla, Lucknow-Jammu Tawi, Chennai-Okhla, Anand Vihar-Bhagalpur, Secunderabad-Guwahati and Howrah-Anand Vihar. The paper, prepared for discussions with stakeholders, has split the 100 routes into 10-12 clusters. The plan is to move in swiftly with the panel headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant suggesting that the first train can be rolled out within six months of the award, with 35-year contracts to be awarded to entities offering to pay the highest revenue share. As per the paper, the private operator will have the right to collect market-linked fares and will be provided flexibility of class composition and halts. The privatisation of train operation, the paper said, will help in introducing modern technology and rolling stocks with reduced maintenance. Besides, it would provide world-class service experience to passengers and also help in reducing the supply demand deficit. The operators could be domestic or international entities, the paper said. Each bidder would eligible for award of maximum three clusters, it added.

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Rail fares hiked; up by 1-2 paise/km for non-AC and 4 paise/km for AC classes

Indian Railways has increased rail fares. The last fare revision over Indian Railways was done in 2014-15. For the passengers travelling in ordinary non-AC classes, there shall be an increase of 1 paisa/PKM (Passenger Kilometer), and of 2 paise/PKM for non AC mail or express trains. For AC classes, the increase is 4 paise/PKM. The increase in fare will be on tickets bought on or after 1st January 2020 and no excess fare (difference of fare) will be charged from passengers who have booked tickets before 1st January 2020. In an official statement, the Ministry of Railways said “In order to expand passenger amenities and facilities at railway stations and trains, it has become imperative to increase the fare marginally without overburdening any class of passengers. Further, the burden of 7th Pay Commission on Indian Railway has necessitated rationalisation of fares.  Fare revision will help in channelising the fast modernisation of Indian Railway. Keeping the affordability concerns of daily commuters, there shall be no fare hike for passengers over suburban sections and season ticket holders. This class constitutes 66% of total passenger segment over Indian Railways. Existing fares of train services like Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto, Vande Bharat, Tejas, Humsafar, Mahamana, Gatiman, Antyodaya, Garib Rath, Jan Shatabdi, Rajya Rani, Yuva Expresses, Suvidha and special trains on special charges, AC MEMU (non-suburban), AC DEMU (non-suburban) etc shall similarly be revised to the extent of the above-proposed increase in class-wise fares.”

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Bids invited from private sector to redevelop four railway stations

For the redevelopment of Nagpur, Gwalior, Amritsar and Sabarmati railway stations, the government has invited bids involving an investment of around Rs 1,300 crore. The redevelopment was a long-standing demand to spur private investment in the sector. This comes soon after the Indian Railways’ decision to prioritise development of 50 railway stations, drawing from the example of privatisation of six airports in the country.  The Indian Railways Station Development Corporation has invited request for qualification (RFQ) for the redevelopment of these railway stations. The indicative station redevelopment cost for the four projects will be Rs 465 crore for Nagpur, Rs 300 crore for Gwalior, Rs 375 crore for Amritsar and Rs 156 crore for Sabarmati.

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Indian Railways carried 170 million more passengers in 2017-18 than in 2016-17

According to statistics from the Railway Yearbook, the The Indian Railways has contributed immensely to the growth of tourism in India and is among the world’s fourth largest railway network. During 2017-18, the Indian Railways has carried 8,286 million passengers as against 8,116 million in 2016-17. In 2015-16, this figure was 8107 million.

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Passenger earnings of Indian Railways increases at a CAGR of 10% in 2018

Revenues from the passenger segment of Indian Railways have increased at a CAGR of 9.90 per cent to US$ 7.55 billion in FY18 from US$ 2.67 billion in FY07, according to a Railways report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF). Passenger earnings of Indian Railways stood at Rs 8,534.71 crore (US$ 1.32 billion) during April-May 2018. With eight metro rail networks spread over a length of 370 kilometres (km) and over two dozen metro projects lined up, India’s metro rail network is expanding at a fast pace.

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Indian Railways asks passengers to report 15-20 minutes before departure

Indian Railways is planning to seal stations just like airports and passengers would be advised to arrive 15-20 minutes before scheduled departure of trains to complete the process of security check. Arun Kumar, Director General, RPF, told PTI, “The security plan has already been put in motion in Prayagraj, in anticipation of the Kumbh Mela, and at Hoobly railway station in Karnataka with a blueprint for 202 more stations ready for implementation. “The plan is to seal the stations. It is primarily about identifying openings and to determine how many can be closed. There are areas which will be closed through permanent boundary walls, others will be manned by RPF personnel and some will have collapsible gates.” He further added, “At each entry point, there will be random security checks. However, unlike at airports, passengers need not come hours in advance, but just 15-20 minutes ahead of their departure times to ensure that they are not delayed because of the security process.” Kumar said that while security will increase, presence of security personnel will not. “If we are inventing in technology, then manpower requirement will reduce,” he said. These steps are a part of a security plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations. Source: PTI

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Special tourist train from Delhi to 5 Gurudwaras in India to start from Jan 14

The Indian Railways is all set to start ‘Panj Takht Express’ from January 14, 2019, which will link the five takhts (temporal seats) of Sikhs — Akal Takht in Amritsar, Takht Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib, Takht Damdama Sahib in Talwandi Sabo near Bathinda, Takht Hazur Sahib at Nanded and Takht Patna Sahib in Patna. With 800 seats in three-tier air-conditioned coaches, the train will complete the journey in 9 nights and 10 days. Costing Rs 15,750 per head, the pilgrims taking the tour would be lodged in hotels or gurudwaras.

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Ministry of Railways launches digital screens to spread awareness about railways’ heritage

In the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for creating digital museums at stations using QR code, Ministry of Railways has recently made ‘digital screens’ operational at 22 stations as an innovative low-cost solution to spread awareness among public about the heritage of Indian Railways. Being initiated on a pilot basis, the project aims at showcasing the legacy of Indian Railways through one to two minute-long movie clips on digital LED screens at the entrance gate of railway stations and also at different comfort areas. The short films will showcase heritage buildings, locomotives and much more to make people aware of the rich heritage of Indian Railways. For now, the screens have been set up at New Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Howrah, Sealdah, Jaipur, Agra Cantonment, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Varanasi and other railway stations. In addition, QR code based posters on Railway Heritage are also being displayed at these stations. Passenger can scan the QR code on their mobile to view a streaming video on their mobile on various facades of Railway heritage.  

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Revenues from Indian Railways to reach to $44.5 billion by the end of FY20

Revenues from Indian Railways are estimated to reach to US$ 44.5 billion by the end of FY20, according to a recent report by Ministry of Railways. Indian Railways’ revenues increased at a CAGR of 9.66 per cent to US$ 27.71 billion during FY07-18. Revenue during April-May 2018 stood at Rs 28,349.29 crore (US$ 4.40 billion). Indian Railways has undertaken various measures to boost revenues including passenger earnings, freight earnings, parcel earnings, among others.

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