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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:20 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

proposed bullet train route is already a loss making route for WR

ബുള്ളറ്റ് ട്രെയിന്‍ റൂട്ടില്‍ യാത്രക്കാരില്ല; റെയില്‍വേക്ക് വന്‍ നഷ്ടമെന്ന് രേഖകള്‍
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Admins may move all bullet train-related posts from this Miscellaneous thread to the Bullet train thread

Can you arrange for minor translation of the report in Mathrubhumi dear Sreejith?

However, a similar report in English already appeared yesterday in another paper, probably times of India or may be a link called paid.outbrain.com, it is aligned with Microsoft Edge.


I will try to retrieve it? Yes that was a link from NDTV quoting an RTI query and this is the same report from Hindustan Times. This is the link: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/trains-on-mumbai-ahmedabad-bullet-train-route-incurring-losses-in-q2-shows-rti-query/story-E78kDMDd7tcg2H2XZutrYJ.html

Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in the works but 40% seats on route go vacant: RTI

The Western Railway revealed in the RTI that in the past three months loss of Rs 30 crore was incurred on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector. Shame on this idiotic spend-thrift Government and the slavish Railway establishment and think-tank. Aren't these the same guys who now cannot even have their own Railway Budget? But the morons will not stop dreamin'!!!!

INDIA Updated: Nov 01, 2017 17:19 IST
Indo Asian News Service, Mumbai

As the Narendra Modi government proceeds with the grandiose plans for a bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, a RTI query has revealed that over 40% seats on all the trains on this sector go vacant causing huge losses to Western Railway.

According to RTI replies received by Mumbai activist Anil Galgali, only in the past one quarter, the Western Railways’ staggering losses on this sector is nearly Rs 30 crore, or around Rs 10 crore per month.

“The Indian government is overenthusiastic and plans to spend more than Rs 1 lakh crore on the Bullet Train project, but it has not done its homework properly,” Galgali said, adding it raises serious question marks on the viability of the Bullet Train project, whenever it comes up.

The Indian Railways have also admitted that they have no plans to introduce any new trains on this sector which is already in the red.

Replying to Galgali’s query on seats occupancy on all the trains between the two cities, the WR revealed that in the past three months, 40% all seats went vacant on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector and 44% empty on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route.

Why India’s first bullet train will be based on Japan’s Shinkansen network
WR’s chief commercial manager Manjeet Singh said between July 1 and September 30, there are 32 mail/express serving this sector with a total seating capacity of 735,630 seats on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad sector.

Of these, only 441,795 seats were booked during that period generating a revenue of Rs 30,16,24,623 against the total estimated expected income of Rs 44,29,08,220 — incurring a huge loss of Rs 14,12,83,597 in the past quarter.

Similarly, on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route served by a total of 31 mail/express trains with a seating capacity of 706,446, only 398,002 seats were booked, resulting in a revenue of Rs 26,74,56,982 against the estimated expected income of Rs 42,53,11,471, spelling a massive loss of Rs 15,78,54,489.

The WR provided the data of all the major trains plying on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Mumbai route like the Durantos, Shatabdi Expresses, Lokshakti Express, Gujarat Mail, Bhavnagar Express, Saurashtra Express, Vivek-Bhuj Express and others.

Faced with the vacancies on existing trains, the WR Divisional Engineer, Ahmedabad informed that there is no fresh proposal to introduce any new trains on this sector.

In fact, Galgali said that the most popular train, 12009 Shatabdi Express with a capacity of 72,696 seats sold only 36,117 during the July-September period on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route and in the return direction of the total 67,392 seats, only 22,982 were sold.

This train, which once always ran packed in all seasons both ways has now proved to be a loss-maker, and the executive chair car with 7,505 seats was practically deserted with just 1,469 seats booked, plummeting revenues from the estimated Rs 1,45,49,714 to a paltry Rs 26,41,083 during the last quarter.

The position in all other trains was similar and though there is a higher demand for sleeper class compared to seats, the WR has not done enough to augment its capacity.

Galgali pointed out that given this current alarming scenario, coupled with growing preference for flights and improved road travel, the Central and Gujarat governments must review the expensive option of the Bullet Train before it becomes a white elephant for the Indian taxpayers.

PS: Then there is another link questioning viability of the Bullet white elephant: http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorials/is-modi-s-bullet-train-project-economically-viable/story-V7SR4dhGTiYkBezpVaKb0O.html

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:12 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

sreejithv wrote:
proposed bullet train route is already a loss making route for WR

ബുള്ളറ്റ് ട്രെയിന്‍ റൂട്ടില്‍ യാത്രക്കാരില്ല; റെയില്‍വേക്ക് വന്‍ നഷ്ടമെന്ന് രേഖകള്‍
http://www.mathrubhumi.com/news/india/bullet-train-route-making-loss--1.2354420?pq=1.1071539
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IR has clarified that..
The RTI question was about end to end. so they said, end to end it was 40%, whereas they have more than 100%,for intermediate station passengers too.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Does India actually need a bullet train?

 
Piyush Goyal (Official), Minister of Railways and Coal at Government of India
Answered yesterday · Upvoted by Rahul Pandey, B.Tech Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela (2014) and Sreeram Ks, Engineer at Indian Railways (2017-present)

India is a rapidly developing economy with numerous developmental needs. A major component of India’s developmental plan is the upgradation of current rail networks as well as the development of new high speed rail corridors popularly known as bullet trains. The Mumbai – Ahmedabad High Speed Rail project, is a visionary project by the NDA Government which will herald a new era of safety, speed and service for the people, and help Indian Railways become an international leader in scale, speed and skill.
New technology has not always been adopted easily, and has at most times seen resistance. However, history shows us that new technology and advancements are highly beneficial for the country. For example, we see that naysayers had also criticised the start of the Rajdhani Trains in 1968. Even the chairman of the railway board opposed it; such things keep India backward. But today, they are the trains that everyone wishes to travel in.
Another example of when people thought India was not ready for new technology was when the mobile phone was introduced into the market. At the time it was considered to be elitist and expensive with a phone call costing Rs. 16 per min. But today India has the 2nd largest market for mobile phones in the world with almost every Indian owning a mobile.
Similarly, the Bullet Train project will also help Indian Railways revolutionise every passenger’s journey. Here’s how this project will help the nation and Railways grow in many ways:
A Low Cost Project
The bullet train project not only adds to the rail networks in terms of transport capabilities but also adds to the growth capabilities of the country. Here’s how:
The project is funded by a loan on terms which tantamount to a grant
The Ministry of Railways has been given Rs. 88,000 crores as a soft loan from the Japanese government which will help Railways to kick off the process.
The minuscule interest rate of 0.1% and the repayment time of 50 years is economically advantageous to our economy.
As the repayment of loan is to begin after 15 years of receiving the loan
It is not compromising on funds from safety since, this money for the bullet train is coming from Japan. I have already addressed the steps we are taking to improve safety in an earlier quora post.

Promoting Make In India Vision
As per the agreement, the project has ‘Make in India’ & ‘Transfer of technology’ objectives. This is how it will add fuel to the Government’s ‘Make In India’ mission:
The Make in India objective will ensure that most of the amount invested in this project would be spent and utilized within India
Working With A Cutting Edge Technology
Active interactions are already taking place between the industries of India and Japan. The country is getting a cutting-edge technology for the high-speed train project. Here’s how the 50 years old Shinkansen Technology by Japan will uplift the project:
The train delay record of Shinkansen is less than a minute with zero fatality
The project is set to provide reliable and comfortable service with high standards of safety
Technology regarding disaster predictions and preventions will also be acquired
New technologies in ballast-less tracks, under sea tunnels etc. will be developed, and we will work towards proliferating these across Railways

Therefore, with the presence and availability of this technology, India will leapfrog to the cutting edge of latest train developments with passengers able to reach their destination in 2 hours as against the current 7-8 hours by train.
Helping India’s Economic Growth
The Bullet Train project will also help the nation boost its economic growth by:
Manufacturing in India, will give a boost to job creation and exporting to the world
Total 12 stations, 4 stations in Maharashtra & 8 in Gujarat, will emerge as economic powerhouses powered by easy travel
Long run costs are also expected to fall through the advantages gained by economies of scale further developing our network
Creating More Jobs
Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi rightly stated that the prestigious bullet train will be a game-changer for the nation, besides being ‘a symbol of New India’ that his government seeks to build by 2022. Here’s how this project will be a major driver in job creations:
It will create employment opportunities both in the Short Run and Medium Run and generate employment for about 20,000 workers during the construction phase
High Speed Rail Training Institute being developed at Vadodara would train 4000 workers resulting in standards that are on par with Japan
300 young officials of Indian Railways are being trained in Japan to give them exposure in High Speed Track Technology
It will create a highly skilled and capable work force in the long run
The development of the New Shinkansen Technology by Japan will ensure more growth opportunities

Some other salient features of this project are as follow:
The art of cleaning trains in approx. 7 minutes will also help in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
C02 per km travelled by the train is ~ ¼ th of an aeroplane and below ⅓ rd of a car will ensure environment efficiency

The bullet train project will not only add to the rail networks in terms of transport capabilities but will also add to the growth capabilities of the country.
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http://pib.nic.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1514632

Operational Diesel and Electric Locomotives
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Websites/Portals of Ministry of Railways and the number of hits

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Status of Track Renewal In Railways

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:38 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

February 7, 2018

Platform fixing in Bihar: It takes just Rs 100 bribe to change tracks of running trains at last minute

Fixing makes news in India when it comes from the field of cricket. Other fixings are not considered that significant. But a different kind of fixing is going on in Bihar - platform fixing. It may sound bizarre but it just requires Rs 100 to change a platform of an incoming train at railway stations in Bihar.

Being tipped as platform fixing, the East Central Railways (ECR) is in possession of a few audio recordings, which suggest that the vendors at the railway station in Bihar were bribing railway officials to get the platform changed for any incoming train in order to increase their sale.

The matter was reported to the Railways some days back when an audio recording of railway staffers and vendors at the Muzaffarpur railway station went viral. The audio recording had detailed communications of rail officials at Muzaffarpur station ready to change the platform of any incoming train for Rs 100.

"We have got audio clips and evidence, which suggested that vendors in order to increase their sale were bribing railways officials to change the platform of an incoming train at the last minute. Prima facie, the complaint that we received was found to be correct. We are investigating the matter. In the audio clipping, there is conversation regarding changing the platform for Rs 100," said Rajesh Kumar, chief public relation officer, East Central Railway zone.

RAILWAYS LAUNCHES INVESTIGATION

Preliminary investigation has found that as the platform of important trains are pre-fixed, the vendors used to negotiate for inter-city and passenger trains with the rail officials and get their pre-scheduled platforms changed.
The railway officials admit that the nexus between vendors and rail officials has hampered the operation of train movement in Sonepur division. On the basis of the initial investigation, three railway officials posted at the Muzaffarpur station have been suspended.

"We have taken action against three railways officials whose names cropped up in the audio clipping and suspended them. Few railway officials have also been transferred. The vigilance team of the railways is investigating the matter. Presently, we have got evidence pertaining to Muzaffarpur railway station. We are checking whether this was happening at other railways stations in the state," Rajesh Kumar said.

Acting on the disclosure, the railways have decided that from now on, any change of platform at a railway station would require permission from the zonal headquarters.

"In order to ensure that such things are not repeated, the station master will now have to get the permission of the zonal headquarters for changing the platform of any train. Details of why the platform was changed and under what circumstances will be documented from now on," Rajesh Kumar added

https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/india/story/platform-fixing-in-bihar-it-takes-just-rs-100-bribe-to-change-tracks-of-running-trains-at-last-minute-1162854-2018-02-07
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:38 am    Post subject: Interesting research article on HOG If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

http://www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in/works/uploads/File/Paper%20on%20HOG.pdf

Hope that IR will soon remove all EOG and use HOG WAP7 loco for power supply needs of LHB coaches.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:43 am    Post subject: Indian Railways to ramp up production of LHB coaches If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

80,000 biotoilets ordered as part ofcleanliness drive
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 6

Indian Railways plans to increase Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coach production sharply this year and has ordered 80,000 biotoilets as part of its safety and cleanliness drive.

“A decision has been taken to sharply increase LHB coach production,” AK Goel, DG-Stores, said on the sidelines of an international conference on technological advancements in rail and metro projects here.

Switch-over to LHB

Shailendra Singh, Chief Rolling Stock Engineer, Northern Railway, said a decision had been taken to produce 5,000 LHB coaches this year. At present, there are around 51,000 Integrated Coach Factory (ICF) coaches and 5,500 LHB coaches made in the Kapurthala factory.

“It has been decided to completely switch over to manufacture LHB coaches from April 1, 2018 onward,” he added.

Railways had already take a decision shift to LHB coaches, but increasing production requires a sharp ramp up from the present annual coach production target of 2,435. The vendor capacity also needs to be increased accordingly. Addressing the conference, Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Coal, said: “We must work to see whether we can design better coaches, better locomotives, better signalling system and other related activity. We must explore cooperation with Military Engineering Service. Indian Railways need to work with commitment to make the railways safe, secure and to offer better amenities, riding comfort, punctuality and efficiency.”

‘Adopt latest tech’

Earlier in the day, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said Railways needed to plan for a massive expansion very meticulously with forward-looking, efficient technologies and innovative practices currently available across the globe and adopt them.

“Indian Railways will have to plan for this massive expansion meticulously. It will have to look for technologies and innovative practices currently available across the globe,” he said.

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/logistics/indian-railways-to-ramp-up-production-of-lhb-coaches/article9891385.ece
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:05 am    Post subject: Re: Interesting research article on HOG If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

mohancvp wrote:
http://www.rdso.indianrailways.gov.in/works/uploads/File/Paper%20on%20HOG.pdf

Hope that IR will soon remove all EOG and use HOG WAP7 loco for power supply needs of LHB coaches.

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RPM has quite a number of HOG capable P7 Locos and Trials are already in place for MAS-CBE Shatabdi with HOG Locos, Soon we might see them with Other trains as well, this can save one coach from LHB composition and will lead to an increase to one Reserved Coach.
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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/pm-narendra-modi-brake-on-railways-full-electrification-plan-5119753/?utm_source=quora

PM brake on Railways’ full-electrification plan

The Prime Minister is learnt to have nudged the policy correction while reviewing the work of the Railway Ministry at the PMO last Monday in the presence of the full Railway Board led by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

A high-level meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is learnt to have suggested to the Indian Railways to not rush through unilaterally with its grand drive of 100 per cent electrification of the country’s railway network. The Prime Minister is learnt to have nudged the policy correction while reviewing the work of the Railway Ministry at the PMO last Monday in the presence of the full Railway Board led by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Modi is learnt to have raised questions on the 100 per cent electrification policy — pursued aggressively by Goyal since his arrival in Rail Bhawan in September last year — wondering what the need/ justification for it was, especially because massive working infrastructure is already in place for diesel, the other mode of traction.

The PM was of the view that premature idling of in-service rolling-stock assets from the diesel stable was not a good idea, sources told The Indian Express. The Indian Railways have around 5,800 working diesel locomotives.

“Electrification is a long-term process. Its timeframe has to depend on the Budget,” said a source who is aware of the deliberations. “These things do not happen immediately. The diesel stock that we have has a certain life, and it (the changeover) will take time,” the source said.

One major takeaway for the Railway Board from the meeting was that the “100 per cent electrification” policy was to be put on hold, without missing the yearly physical targets for electrification as and when decided every year on a need basis, sources said.

The message that Railways got from the meeting was that the PM was more interested in the national transporter achieving its yearly budgetary expenditure targets towards electrification and other capital spends.

“The electrification plan should be annual target-based. Budget allocation-based annual commitments for electrification should be taken up,” another top source said, summarising the upshot of the review meeting.

The Railways have already announced plans to electrify their entire network by 2021-22. “Ministry of Railways has decided to electrify balance 38,000 Broad Gauge (BG) Route Kilometer (RKM) for achieving 100% electrification,” Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain said in a reply to an unstarred question in Lok Sabha, setting 2021-22 as the timeframe to achieved it.

Lok Sabha was informed of ambitious annual targets of upwards of 4,000 km to meet this deadline. In the 2017-18 financial year, however, only around 2,500 km was achieved until the end of February, far short of the 4,000-km route electrification target.

There have been calls from within the government for a “strategic rethink”, for both financial and operational reasons, of the 100 per cent electrification policy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not use the phrase “100 per cent electrification” in the Budget, and instead referred to “optimal electrification”.

“We are moving fast towards optimal electrification of railway network. 4,000 kilometres are targeted for commissioning during 2017-18,” Jaitley said in his Budget speech.

The Railways have thus far deployed a staggered approach towards the electrification of tracks. Over the years, they have electrified high-traffic routes based on the projected rate of return on the heavy capital investment that is involved. They have not identified for electrification routes with sub-optimal traffic — and the projected return on investment is not favourable for a majority of the 38,000 route kilometres that remain to be electrified.

Sources said the decision to electrify 100 per cent of the network was taken without adequate multi-disciplinary high-level consultations last year. The push for electrification triggered alarm bells in the US multinational General Electric last year after Goyal instructed the Railway Board to explore the option of exiting the diesel locomotive project in Marhowra (Bihar). GE had signed an agreement with the government in 2015 to build the modern diesel locomotive factory in a joint venture with the Railways to supply 1,000 high horsepower diesel engines exclusively to the Indian Railways over 10 years. The Railways subsequently backed off to allay GE’s apprehensions.
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Mr Srini
I think there won't be any let up in the push towards 100% electrification.
With so much focus on clean energy, efficient use of energy etc, 100% electrification is the way to go.
This reported policy correction by Modi may just be to mollify the fears of GE who must be worried about the future of their exports of Diesel locos to India.It is actually an unwise move on the part of the Govt for having gone in for the deal with GE for the import of locos at such enormous cost ignoring the capabilities of DLW.
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Hi Srini,

actually, the problem is more with the PM's state and of a major route from Pune to Bengaluru via Belgaum-Hubli. (electrification of railway routes in Karnataka is an issue acquiring significance because of the impending elections in Karnataka - although the stance of Karnataka in earlier BJP governments too was that after electrification of Bengaluru-Chennai and committing to supplying power for Bengaluru-DMM (committed before Yeddyurappa came to power), that they will no longer supply power to the Railways for electrification. This stance was also repeated by Chandrababu Naidu during his previous tenure when there was no Telengana. Even Kerala adopted the same stance, with Pondy and Tamil Nadu which continue to commit support for railway electrification projects in their respective States or UTs.

Now the problem for PM is that though the present Gujarat Govt. is not even a year old, the fact remains that the condition of railway routes in Gujarat beyond Ahmadabad, i.e. towards Okha, Somnath/Veraval, Bhuj, Bhavnagar, Porbandar etc. remains both unelectrified and are single lines, with doubling only up to Viramgam, a station 65 kms. away from Ahmedabad. So the profile of the PM's home state as far as doubling of routes and railway electrification in the non-Gujarat areas(Vapi-Valsad-Surat-Baroda-Ahmedabad, i.e. the Central and Southern districts of Gujarat is extremely poor. You can say that it bears poor comparison even to the ED-KRR-TPJ of even the MDU-CAPE sector, which may not be a double line, but is an electrified one.

The above-referred tracks in Gujarat are neither double lines beyond VG. The entire traffic haulage beyond Ahmedabad towards Kutch, Kathiawar and Saurashtra belts is on diesel, with Vatva mostly housing passenger and non-EMD goods locos, and Sabarmati shed having EMDs, mainly WDGs, as per my understanding. I travelled by 22906 HWH-Okha link express, which runs on diesel and on single line from VG-OKHA in the 599 km. stretch from ADI-OKHA

Quite naturally, with GST and post-demonetization having had a demonic effort on employment generation, industrial growth which as a consequence - barring spur in industry and IT in Maharashtra and South Indian States (where I understand, Kerala has seen a fall in remittance levels from the Middle East, following a change in policies which now ensure recruitment of ONLY local Arabs for certain types of jobs), the Government is pretty short on revenues, what with loan waivers and loan scandals ruling the roost.

So when Piyush Goyal who is indeed, aggressively pursuing railway electrification and wants to electrify all tracks by 2020 (I really dunno what is the scenario in the North East with its hilly terrain and high gradients), naturally, given the scenario of railway tracks beyond Ahmedabad to interior and coastal Gujarat, the PM was faced with a predicament, because pursuing electrification in Gujarat where there are at least three-four routes viz. VM-GIM (route of 16335) being 236 kms., Rajkot-Somnath 190 kms. VM-Bhavnagar 232 kms., PBR-RJT 217 kms. plus ADI-Okha 499 kms. all totaling nearly 1375 kms. all of which require both doubling and electrification, expenses for which are humongous. PM obviously did not support full-fledged pursuance of electrification, not just because there are 5800 diesel locos in use across the IR, plus GE have set up a unit for exclusive production of diesel locos, which possibly will add close to 800-1200 locos over a 10/12 year period.

Naturally, (while, as you suspect) this could be a toning down of electrification efforts, possibly favouring running of trains in Gujarat and may be even Karnataka (the entire Pune-Miraj-Belgaum-UBL-ASK-SBC route is in diesel, and is spread over nearly 1000 kms. with possibly partial and patch-doubling being pursued, as I understand), with a limited allotment of funds for doubling, yes, for sure, as electrification of remaining sectors in states like TN, TPJ-RMM, VM-MV-KMU-TJ, MDU-MNM being the major lines requiring both doubling and electrification, being pre-approved, will be allowed to be completed.

May be PM is being pragmatic so as not to make any unrealistic announcements as regards doubling and electrification projects in at least Gujarat and Karnataka. In Maharashtra projects like remaining part of MAS-CSTM electrification will be completed, for certain. Projects in the NE, i.e. beyond BJU to Guwahati/Agartala i.e. for electrification will be put on hold, while doubling will be sanctioned.

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[Source: Financial Express]

The dark blue coaches of Indian Railways will be a thing of the past now as the public transporter would be repainting all Mail/Express trains in a new colour scheme — beige and brown. The freshly-painted Delhi-Pathankot Express with 16 coaches will be the first train to be rolled out, by this month-end, with the new colour scheme developed by the in-house team of Northern Railway.

The colour of premium trains — including Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto — will however not be changed and only Mail/Express service with conventional coaches manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai will be donning the new colour. Besides, special service trains like Tejas and Gatimaan Express will also continue with the existing colour.

“A complete makeover of coaches was long overdue and the new colour scheme was applied in trains after it was finally approved by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal,” a senior Railways Ministry official told IANS. It was in the 1990s that the new colour scheme of dark blue was introduced for Mail/Express coaches, replacing the brick red colour which was in use for decades.

Now the Railways has quite a task at hand — repainting about 30,000 coaches in the new colour scheme. Railways has been taking steps to revamp its network across the country and improve passenger experience. The makeover of coaches for a more pleasing travel experience is one such step.

“The change of colour is part of the Railways’ efforts to make passengers’ experience a pleasant one,” the official said. He further said besides the exterior, steps have been taken to improve the interiors of the coaches with additional facilities.

“The replacement of all toilets with bio-toilets, providing mobile chargers at each berth, comfortable seats are some of the changes undertaken in trains. In fact, a provision has also been activated to solicit passengers’ response and suggestions for improving service,” he added.

https://www.financialexpress.com/infrastructure/railways/forget-blue-now-indian-railways-mail-express-trains-to-sport-new-look-what-they-will-look-like/1209697/[/b]
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