RAILWAY MINISTRY

  • 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...
  • India's Railway Board in world's top 5 railroad networks May 4, 2013

    New Delhi: India's Railway Board is vested with the powers to oversee and manage what is ranked among the world's top five railroad networks and one of the largest employers, with an estimated 1.4 million people on its rolls. The board, including its chairman, comprises seven members, each entrusted with...
  • New advance rail ticket booking period from Wednesday April 30, 2013

    New Delhi: The advance booking period for train tickets will be reduced from existing four months to two months from Wednesday as part of the Railways' efforts to prevent touts to corner bulk tickets. "The reduction of advance reservation period to 60 days will be a deterrent for touts who...
  • China decides to scrap Railways Ministry March 11, 2013

    Beijing: In the annals of Chinese bureaucratic power, the Railways Ministry stood apart. Running everything from one of the world's busiest rail systems to a special police force, the ministry was so pervasive and powerful it resisted government reform efforts for years. Chinese called it "Boss Railway." On Sunday, the...
  • Rail Budget: Better food, clean toilets top Kolkata's wishlist February 24, 2013

    Kolkata: With the Rail Budget just around the corner, CNN-IBN gets you the wishlist of the passengers in Kolkata. Topping their wishlist is better quality food, hygiene in toilets and safety for women passengers. "The food is stale, unhygienic and inedible at times especially in long distance trains. The food in...
  • Indian Railways needs to bring in PPPs on their service side: Professor G Raghuram January 10, 2013

    Is the steep hike in rail fare justified? Professor G Raghuram shared his perspective in an interaction with IBNLive readers. Q. I think it is justified. No point in subsidising services like Rails when everything else is increasing. Why should the Indian railways offer subsidies to everybody when the per capita...
  • Rail Ministry to decide soon on Tariff Regulatory Authority December 27, 2012

    Raipur: The Railway Ministry is likely to take a decision soon to set up Rail Tariff Regulatory Authority (RTRA) to suggest tariff hike in passenger and freight fare, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Wednesday. "Modalities for such a body (RTRA) including its composition, role and responsibility...
  • Railway pitches for fare hike of 510 paise per km December 23, 2012

    New Delhi: Faced with mounting deficit of over Rs 20,000 crore in the passenger segment, Railways is keen on raising passenger fares between 510 paise per km in the coming months to generate the revenue of about Rs 4,000 crore. The hike could come close on the heels of Railways...
  • Train fare hike is necessary: MoS Railways December 16, 2012

    New Delhi: The Minister of State for Railways Surya Prakash Reddy has indicated that the train fares may be hiked soon as the "financial condition of the Railways is not sound". Speaking to reporters, Reddy said that hiking the fares had become necessary. Train fares have been at the centre of...
  • Cabinet reshuffle to take place after October 14 September 27, 2012

    New Delhi: The Cabinet reshuffle, that was expected to take place this week, has been postponed, say sources. The reshuffle will now take place after October 14, they add. The reshuffle was necessitated after key ally, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), withdrew its support to the ruling coalition government, the United Progressive...
  • Safety of rail passengers top priority: CP Joshi September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Newlyappointed Railway Minister CP Joshi on Monday said safety of passengers will be his top priority, along with modernisation and improvement in passenger amenities. Joshi, who has been given additional charge of railways after TMC withdrew support to the UPA government, said he will set the agenda for his...
  • CP Joshi takes charge as Railway Minister September 24, 2012

    New Delhi: Union minister CP Joshi on Monday formally took charge as the new Railway Minister until the Cabinet reshuffle takes place. Joshi was given the additional charge of the Railways on Saturday, a day after Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy quit the post after his party chief Mamata Banerjee...
  • Joshi gets additional charge of Railway, says it's a big responsibility September 22, 2012

    Union Minister CP Joshi already holds the portfolio of Road Transport and Highways ministry. ...
  • CP Joshi gets additional charge of Railways September 22, 2012

    New Delhi: Union Minister CP Joshi was on Saturday given additional charge of Railway Ministry, a day after the resignation of Mukul Roy and other Trinamool Congress ministers. According to Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson Venu Rajamony, Joshi was assigned with the additional charge by President Pranab Mukherjee on the advice of Prime...
  • Trinamool Congress exit revives railways hopes September 21, 2012

    New Delhi: The government on Friday expressed hope that it would now be able to attend to the ailing railway ministry, freed of the Trinamool Congress' hold with the party quitting the Congressled UPA. "Railways is a key infrastructure ministry vital for economic development of the country. There is a need...