Indian Railway

  • Next gen e-ticketing enables 7200 bookings per minute on IRCTC website August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The long and irritating experiences of booking train ticket through IRCTC website seems to be a thing of past now as the Railways on Wednesday launched the next generation e-ticketing system enhancing the booking capacity to 7200 tickets per minute and making the whole process much faster and...
  • Watch: 'The Week That Wasn't' with Cyrus Broacha August 10, 2014

    In this episode of 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha takes on the ongoing row over language in UPSC civil services examinations, laws against sexual harassment, food condition in Indian Railways. He also talks about the books on former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh. ...
  • TWTW: Cyrus's take on food being served in trains August 10, 2014

    On this episode of 'The Week That Wasn't', Cyrus Broacha takes on the food condition in Indian Railways. ...
  • Watch: Passenger reactions to Railways' new catering policy August 8, 2014

    The Indian Railways is planning to introduce a new catering policy for the Rajadhani, Shatabdi and Duronto and the menu will be split region wise into Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern. Pre-packed ready to eat meals will be introduced while welcome drinks will also be served. Sale of tea, coffee,...
  • Indian Railways to improve menu on premium trains, regional food to be introduced August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Those thinking of travelling in trains can soon enjoy a plate of chicken chettinad, dhokla or chila in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto. The Indian Railways is planning to introduce a new catering policy for the Rajadhani, Shatabdi and Duranto and the menu will be split region wise into...
  • Railways plan to improve food quality; Haldirams, ITC to supply on some trains soon August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian Railways will soon begin trials of better quality food on certain trains. Food chain Haldirams will supply food in the Karnataka Express and Paschim Express, which will be vegetarian. For the Bangalore-Ahmedabad Express, ITC will supply both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Based on passenger feedback, this...
  • Is it the time to overhaul railway catering? August 5, 2014

    The administration has clamped down on IRCTC after cockroaches were found on on board food items. The IRCTC has been fined Rs 1 lakh and we at CNN-IBN asked Is it the time to overhaul railway catering? ...
  • Watch: Passengers complain of bad food in trains August 4, 2014

    The IRCTC is in trouble after a cockroach was found in the food served in the Kolkata Rajdhani Express. The Railways has slapped a heavy fine of Rs 11.5 lakh on the IRCTC and eight other caterers. The Railways has made efforts to improve the quality of food on trains...
  • Railways' unhealthy truths: Status reports say pantry cars 'dirty, smelly, unhygienic' August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The IRCTC is in a hot soup after a cockroach was found in the food served in the Kolkata Rajdhani Express. The Railways slapped a heavy fine of Rs 11.5 lakh on IRCTC and eight other caterers for poor quality of food. Years ago, a video was sent...
  • Medak mishap which killed 18 took place due to driver's negligence: Gowda July 24, 2014

    Medak: In a horrific incident, 17 children along with the driver were killed on Thursday as a school bus collided with a moving passenger train at an unmanned railway crossing in Medak district in Telangana. The tragic accident took place on Thursday morning at Masayipet of Veldurthi mandal in Medak. The...
  • Muslim staffer forced to eat during Ramzan fast by Shiv Sena MPs July 23, 2014

    A group of 11 Shiv Sena MPs allegedly forced a Muslim catering supervisor at the Maharashtra Sadan to break his Ramzan fast and eat a chapati. The MPs were reportedly upset about not being served Maharashtrian food at the Maharashtra Sadan. After this incident, the Indian Railways subsidiary that was...
  • Caught on camera: Shiv Sena MPs force Muslim staff to eat during Ramzan fast July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A video has now surfaced showing Shiv Sena Thane MP Rajan Vichare forcing a Maharashtra Sadan Muslim staffer to eat during his Ramzan fast. CNN-IBN has accessed footage which shows Vichare force feeding the staffer. The video gives credence to the allegations that Shiv Sena MPs abused the employee...
  • Maharashtra Sadan staffer forced to eat during Ramzan fast by Shiv Sena MPs July 23, 2014

    New Delhi: A shocking case has been reported in the power corridors of Delhi. A group of 11 Shiv Sena MPs allegedly abused and forced a Muslim catering supervisor at the Maharashtra Sadan to break his Ramzan fast and eat a chapati. The MPs were reportedly miffed at not being served...
  • Railways to have derailment detector device to prevent mishap July 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Alarmed by the spate of derailment incidents, Indian Railways is acquiring derailment detector devices to prevent mishaps which cause loss of lives and damage coaches. The derailment detector devices, a first for Indian Railways, will be fitted in three Rajdhanis and two Shatabdi trains on a pilot basis and...
  • Tatkal tickets on shorter train routes have become exorbitant. Here's why July 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian Railways does not want passengers to Tatkal travel over short distances. Railways has therefore altered its definition of short-distance travel to charge an even higher premium from passengers. Many were in for a shock when trying to book Tatkal tickets for train journeys shorter than 500 kilometres when...
  • Rail Budget success dependent on administrative reforms July 9, 2014

    The Railway Budget 2014-15 presented By the Hon'ble Railway Minister S Gowda is revolutionary in more ways than one. A rare presentation that focuses on giving a growth direction to the Indian Railways and its dilapidated infrastructure while simultaneously making efforts to re-in force the faith of the nation in...
  • Government has framed policies to generate revenue: MoS Railways July 8, 2014

    Hours after Railways Minister DV Sadananda Gowda presented the Narendra Modi government's first Rail Budget, Minister of States for Railways, Manoj Sinha said that the government has framed policies to generate revenue from Railways. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, Sinha said, "The government has political will and public is...
  • Modi's rail budget: 'Achche din' for Indian Railways? July 8, 2014

    Safety, security and speed have been the highlights of the maiden Railway Budget of the Narendra Modi government. Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday promised to revamp the railways and cut down on populism but gifted Modi's state Gujarat and his own Karnataka a host of trains and prohects...
  • Watch: Chandigarh people happy with Modi's rail budget July 8, 2014

    People of Chandigarh are satisfied with the Narendra Modi's first railway budget. "The government has said that they will ensure cleanliness and also use CCTV to check to ensure work is getting done. I am happy with the railway budget," a resident told to CNN-IBN. ...
  • No FDI in train operations: Railway Board Chairman July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Scouting for resources to meet its fund crunch, Railways is open to the idea of even 100 per cent FDI in its infrastructure development but would keep train operations out of its ambit. "We have given our suggestion to the Cabinet and they have to take a call on...
  • Railway Budget 2014-15: Number of AC First Class, CC passengers dropped in FY14 July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Amid railways eyeing higher revenue from travellers in air conditioned coaches, the number of passengers in AC First Class and AC 3 Tier registered a decline in 2013-14 as compared to the previous fiscal. The passengers in AC First Class dropped to 26.1 lakh in the last fiscal as...
  • Railway Budget 2014-15: Special steps to be taken for safety of women in trains July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Special steps are being taken and instructions issued to ensure safety of women travelling alone in all classes of trains, Railways Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said on Tuesday. Introducing the Railway Budget 2014-15, Gowda said that in order to ensure security of ladies travelling alone, special instructions are being...
  • Modi's first rail budget: Focus on speed and safety July 8, 2014

    Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda announced a slew of new measures including the much-hyped bullet train in the maiden Railway Budget of the Narendra Modi government. Emphasising on passengers' safety, amenities and new facilities, Gowda also endorsed last month's fare hike on Tuesday saying it was tough, but necessary to improve...
  • Government decides to separate 'overlapping' roles of Railway Board July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move aimed at improving efficiency of the Railways, the government on Tuesday announced the decision to separate the "unwieldy" Railway Board's functions of policy formulation and implementation. Railways Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday while presenting the Railway Budget 2014-15 in the Lok Sabha said that this...
  • Highlights of the Railway Budget 2014-15 July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Railways Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday presented the Narendra Modi government's first Rail Budget in the Lok Sabha. Here are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2014-15: - No new increase in passenger fares and freight charges - Bullet train on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Sector - Diamond quadrilateral for high speed trains - Plan...
  • Congress protests against Rail Budget outside Gowda's residence July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday protested outside Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda's residence against the Rail Budget 2014. During the protest, a Congress leader stomped on Gowda's nameplate as protesters shouted slogans at the Rail Minister. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has slammed the Rail Budget. "Uninspiring budget, it's like a...
  • Railway Budget 2014: 11 tech initiatives that should have been introduced long ago July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Railways Minister Sadanand Gowda in his maiden budget presented new technology initiatives that would further help in improving the passenger experience on Indian Railways. The Railways has proposed real-time tracking of trains and rolling stocks, mobile-based wakeup call system for passengers, mobile-based destination arrival alert and WiFi Services...
  • Rail Budget: Gowda focuses on security, amenities, bullet & high-speed trains July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda announced a slew of new measures including the much-hyped bullet train in the maiden Railway Budget of the Narendra Modi government. Emphasising on passengers' safety, amenities and new facilities, Gowda also endorsed last month's fare hike on Tuesday saying it was tough, but necessary...
  • Railways needs to be depoliticised: Dinesh Trivedi July 8, 2014

    Former Railway Minister Dineh Trivedi had to step down after facing flak for increasing rail fares. "We should stop politicising Indian Railways. It's a sad affair that the same BJP had criticised the fare hike. We should have a national policy on railways," Trivedi said. ...
  • Run Railways as a corporate entity, scrap the ministry, say experts July 8, 2014

    Even as the Narendra Modi government gets ready to present its maiden Railway Budget, experts have called for a radical overhaul of the entire system to ensure that India gets a modern and world class transport system. While there have been a lot of talks about introducing high speed and...