RAILWAY MINISTRY

  • Railway to ink Maharashtra-specific pact on network expansion 4 hours 25 minutes ago

    Mumbai: Railway Ministry will soon be entering into a tie-up with the Maharashtra Government to develop and deepen rail network in underdeveloped pockets in the hinterland. A new company will be created to execute the project, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said. "In the next few days, we will create a...
  • Railways caution against false job promises April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Acknowledging cases of many youngsters being cheated with false promises of jobs, Railway Ministry has stepped up efforts to make the public aware of such fraudulent activities and also initiated action against those involved in them. It has come to notice that some unscrupulous elements have cheated and...
  • Railways gives free tickets to Yemen evacuees for travel home April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: With various departments doing their bit for those evacuated from strife-torn Yemen, the Railways played its own role by providing free tickets to 75 of them for travel from Mumbai, where they landed, to their destinations across the country. The 75 evacuees were...
  • Suresh Prabhu cracks the whip, promises transparency in Railways April 3, 2015

    Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said the government was working to make operations of the Railways fully transparent for which a system is being put in place in the ministry. ...
  • Suresh Prabhu bats for transparency in Railway operations April 3, 2015

    Jaipur: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday said the government was working to make operations of the Railways fully transparent for which a system is being put in place in the ministry. "We have already put in place a system for it and over a period of time, we will...
  • We report on failure in ensuring punctuality of trains to PMO, discuss this as well, MoS Railways March 31, 2015

    Facing repeated complaints by passengers of trains running late, the Prime Minister's Office has pulled up the Railway Ministry. According to sources, the PMO has come hard on Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu over his failure in ensuring punctuality of trains. Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said that they...
  • Is PM's train delay rap the 1st step to accountability? March 31, 2015

    Facing repeated complaints by passengers of trains running late, the Prime Minister's Office has pulled up the Railway Ministry. According to sources, the PMO has come hard on Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu over his failure in ensuring punctuality of trains. CNN-IBN takes calls from across the country and asks whether...
  • PMO pulls up Railway Ministry over failure in ensuring punctuality of trains March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: Facing repeated complaints by passengers of trains running late, the Prime Minister's Office has pulled up the Railway Ministry. According to sources, the PMO has come hard on Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu over his failure in ensuring punctuality of trains. Sources say that complaints received by the PMO were...
  • Railways aims to eliminate direct discharge toilets by 2020-21 March 29, 2015

    New Delhi: Aiming to eliminate direct discharge toilets from its entire fleet of passenger coaches by 2020-21, Railways has drawn up an action plan to replace them with environment-friendly bio-toilets. "While 17,338 existing toilets in trains have been replaced with bio-toilets till date, our aim is to equip the entire coaching...
  • Railway platform ticket to cost Rs 10 from April 1 March 23, 2015

    New Delhi: Railways have doubled the cost of platform tickets to Rs 10 with effect from April 1. The rate of platform ticket will be increased from Rs 5 to Rs 10 per ticket, and all concerned have been given instruction regarding this, according to a Railway Ministry release on Monday. Railways...
  • Getting train tickets could get easy as Railways Ministry cracks the whip on touts March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Booking tickets could get easier now as an internal investigation has revealed that every day, 4,000 confirmed berths were hoarded by touts within one minute of the computer reservation system being thrown open to public. According to a report in Indian Express, the probe found that the touts who...
  • Suresh Prabhu's hi-tech drive fails to take off on Railway Ministry site February 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Even two hours after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu presented his maiden Budget speech in Parliament on Thursday, his vision and stress on technology upgradation was not reflected on the Budget page of the Railway Ministry site.The minister wanted to take the railways to a new height by...
  • Rail Budget: Six ministers in six years, will Suresh Prabhu compensate for wasted years and opportunities? February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian Railways may have failed to achieve growth and speed up work in the last 6 years, but it has achieved one thing. India has seen six Railways ministers in the last six years. The relative stability at the Ministry of Railways came under serious threat after...
  • No proposal to hike rail fares, says MoS Railways Manoj Sinha February 7, 2015

    Lucknow: Ahead of the presentation of the Rail Budget in Parliament, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha on Saturday said there was no proposal at present to increase rail fares. Speaking on the sidelines of a function to flag off the tri-weekly Lucknow-Kathgodam Express, he said it was not...
  • Bengaluru: Struck in traffic for hours, techies demand local train service to be extended December 11, 2014

    Bengaluru: Fatigued by the city's infamous traffic, the IT corridor of Bengaluru is demanding the local train service to be extended instead of the metro. Residents have also urged to the authorities to introduce more suburban trains. IT professional Bhavin Gandhi said, "Bengaluru is the only city which does not...
  • Indian Railways likely to have separate environment directorate November 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Railway Ministry is likely to have a separate directorate to promote environment-friendly activities as new minister Suresh Prabhu wants to give a boost to the use of green fuel such as solar and wind energy. Environment Management Directorate, the proposed new wing of the national transporter, is also...
  • Railway's freight earnings go up by over 7 per cent July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Earnings of Railways from freight has increased by over seven per cent in the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the corresponding period last year. Railways have earned Rs 24,541.96 crore from freight traffic during AprilJune 2014 as compared to Rs 22,795.55 crore during the corresponding period last...
  • Rail Budget 2014: The list of 58 new trains introduced July 8, 2014

    Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda has announced 58 new trains while 11 existing trains will be extended. Gowda proposed a bullet train on the MumbaiAhmedabad route while he said that there will be a Diamond Quadrilateral of highspeed trains on nine routes. The 58 new trains includes five Jansadharan Trains, five ...
  • Gowda to unveil rail budget today, hopes to meet people's expectations July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Ahead of presenting his maiden budget, Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said that the government seeks to take effective steps to make the railways people friendly. "Everyone has a mobile, they are on Facebook, Twitter, using internet, therefore we want to promote the discussion of railways on the...
  • Rail Ministry works on new safety plan to avert train accidents June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: A day after the double train mishaps in Bihar, the rail ministry has now begun discussions on a new rail safety plan, specially for Naxal hit areas. According to sources a new rail safety plan is under consideration for Rajdhani, Shatabdi and others premium trains. In yet another...
  • Pressure mounts on Gowda; Sena, BJP MPs meet him over Mumbai rail fares June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Pressure is mounting on the Narendra Modi government to scrap the rail fare hike for Mumbai suburban trains. Shiv Sena and Maharashtra BJP MPs met Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda to discuss their concerns over the rail fare hike. Government sources say Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Finance...
  • Special trains on dynamic fares to have more trips for Mumbai December 27, 2013

    Encouraged by the good response to premier AC special trains on the DelhiMumbai route being run on dynamic fares, Railways have decided to extend the services of these trains to cater the growing demand for travel on the busy route during the festive season up to the New Year. As per...
  • Fewer tickets being booked; cashstrapped Railways worried October 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Trains may be running full, but there is a decline in number of tickets booked in the past six months, causing worry for cashstrapped Railways. The number of passengers travelling in the nonsuburban sector, which include reserved and unreserved class in mail and express trains, during AprilSeptember was 1,982.35...
  • Cashstrapped Railways worried over fewer tickets booking October 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Trains may be running full, but there is a decline in number of tickets booked in the past six months, causing worry for cashstrapped Railways. The number of passengers travelling in the nonsuburban sector, which include reserved and unreserved class in mail and express trains, during AprilSeptember was 1,982.35...
  • Railway bribery: Prime accused judicial custody ends today July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal's nephew Vijay Singla's judicial custody ends on Friday. Suspended Railway Board Member Mahesh Kumar, Singla and eight others were charged in the Rs 10 crore cashforpost railway bribery case. The CBI in its chargesheet filed against 10 accused, has alleged Singla had demanded...
  • Railways to launch SMSbased service for hygiene complaints June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Railways have decided to launch an SMSbased service for immediate response to passenger complaints regarding housekeeping service in coaches. The service will be launched on a few select trains to facilitate passengers to contact onboard staff through SMS or phone call for complaints related to cleanliness in coaches,...
  • UPA government highlights Railways' billion ton loadings May 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The record loading of 1010 million tonnes freight and slight improvement of punctuality and safety have been listed as major achievements of the Railway Ministry during the year by the UPA government. Besides ongoing rail expansion, execution of Dedicated Freight Corridor work and introduction of biotoilets have also...
  • All my successors in Rail ministry getting derailed: Lalu May 13, 2013

    Patna: With UPAII having six ministers in the Railways during the present tenure, RJD president Lalu Prasad on Monday took a jibe saying since he left Railways his successors were getting "derailed". "After I left Rail Ministry, none of my successors have been able to stay there...everybody is getting derailed...
  • Pawan Bansal quits as Railways Minister May 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Pawan Kumar Bansal on Friday evening resigned as Railway Minister following allegations of corrupt practices by his close relatives and aides. Sources say that Bansal resigned after Congress President Sonia Gandhi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and asked him to force the Railway Minister to put in his...
  • Pawan Bansal reaches office after 2 days, begins clearing files May 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is facing allegations of being involved in the cash for jobs scam in the Indian Railways, visited Rail Bhawan on Friday. Bansal has not been attending office for the last two days. He reportedly went to Rail Bhawan on Friday to clear...