Travel Tip
 Conf TL
 RF Club
 FM Alert
 FM Approval
Forum Super Search
Freq Contact:
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Blog Category:
Train Type:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Full Site Search
  Full Site Search  
Thu Jul 19 23:26:01 IST
PostPost Trn TipPost Stn TipAdvanced Search

Blog Entry# 2376863
Posted: Aug 11 2017 (09:55)

1 Responses
Last Response: Aug 11 2017 (09:55)
Rail News
IR Affairs
Aug 11 2017 (09:44)   Indian Railways is headed towards a bleak future

Sandeep Vickey   3707 news posts
Entry# 2376863   News Entry# 311384         Tags   Past Edits
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a soft corner for Indian Railways. His early association with railways is well known. What is perhaps not widely known is that when he visits his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, he opts to stay in the Railway Guest House.
“As the Prime Minister, I can stay somewhere else but I prefer the Railway Guest House as it gives a feel of belonging,” he told a group of railway officials last year.
This sense of belonging, however, stops short of extending support for railways in one of its most challenging
A look at a parliamentary standing committee report on railways, which was finalized by BJP’s Ganesh Singh, shows that railways may have a bleak future.
For long, railways has suffered on account of incoherent policies. The incoherence in policymaking remains intact in the Modi era too.
Freight remains the mainstay of railways’ revenue. Within freight, coal is the most important commodity that is moved around the country.
According to the parliamentary standing committee report, on average railways runs up a cost of Rs 0.99 per 10 kilometers but charges its customers Rs 1.60. This surplus is used to cross-subsidize passenger traffic where the average cost is Rs 0.73 per 10 kilometers against a charge of Rs 0.36.
This economic model rests on railways’ being able to protect its freight business.
Last year, railways’ performance in freight business was below par. Not only is it pricing itself out of business in order to meet its obligations to transport passengers, recent changes in government policy have not helped.
This is where the incoherence which characterizes economic policy makes matters worse. Power plants, which are the main consumers of coal, are now encouraged to locate themselves close to coal mines to reduce their costs. It certainly makes sense from the standpoint of a power plant, but what does it do to the railways?
Here, another recent development harms railways.
After 93 years, the railway budget was merged with the main budget this year. One of the consequences, as pointed out in standing committee report, is that operating losses incurred by railways on strategic lines and lines in hilly, coastal and backward areas will not be reimbursed to them.
This is very odd. Railways will not be allowed to conduct operations that make sense from a commercial standpoint. That is fair enough if their role is seen as something that goes beyond narrow commercial considerations. This automatically means that government should reimburse them for some of their work. However, it appears that the government is disinclined to do so which makes for a bleak future.
Prime Minister Modi should therefore consider the following suggestion from the parliamentary standing committee:
“Sufficient gross budgetary support should be provided to railways every year keeping in view their various socio-economic commitments including strategic lines.”

1 Public Posts - Fri Aug 11, 2017

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Sun Jul 29
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Fri Aug 3
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Sat Aug 18
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Fri Nov 16


Rail News

  • Namma Metro push to Kannada literature
    News Entry# 346664
    by: a2z~  Today (23:14)

    Vijayanagar station. Earlier, BMRCL had invited people to open book stores, but an exclusive Kannada book store is a first.Sampath Kumar G.P.G_P_Sampath Kumar 
  • Metro-MRTS merger likely to be a costly affair
    News Entry# 346663
    by: a2z~  Today (23:13)

    The proposed merger between the Chennai Metro Rail and Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) is intended to give commuters a better travel experience, but is likely to be a costly affair for the State government.
  • Infosys Foundation signs MoU with BMRCL to build metro station at Electronic City
    News Entry# 346662
    by: a2z~  Today (23:12)

    The Infosys Foundation on Thursday signed an MoU with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) to build a metro station at Electronic City and maintain it for a period of 30 years. The Foundation is spending close to Rs. 200 crore to build the station at Konappana Agrahara, according to...
  • Delay in linking Metro to bus stand, rail station
    News Entry# 346661
    by: a2z~  Today (23:09)

    Commuters using Majestic metro station and the city bus stand will have to wait for some time before they can use the newly-constructed foot-over-bridge (FOB) linking the two transport hubs. According to officials, the FoB will be opened to the public only after lights are installed and a roof is built....
  • चारबाग स्टेशन पर लगीं 2 बॉटल क्रशर मशीनें
    News Entry# 346660
    by: a2z~  Today (23:06)

    एनबीटी ब्यूरो, लखनऊ : उत्तर रेलवे प्रशासन ने पर्यावरण संरक्षण व यात्री सुविधा को लेकर मंडल में 14 बॉटल क्रशर मशीनें लगवाई हैं। चारबाग स्टेशन पर बुधवार को दो बॉटल क्रशर मशीनें लगवाई गईं। इससे पानी की खाली बोतलों के दुरुपयोग पर भी लगाम कसेगी। सीनियर डीसीएम जगतोष शुक्ला ने बताया...

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 3601043
    Jul 04 (12:36PM)

    @all: While we do nominally allow multiple IDs, these multiple IDs are NOT allowed to engage in misuse and "mischief". Voting multiple times in the same poll using multiple IDs, rating each other IDs' blogs using multiple IDs, etc. are classified as "gross misuse". . This is an advance notice that some of the...
  • Entry# 3555168
    Jun 20 (10:33PM)

    @all: IRI is a PUBLIC information website, like Wikipedia. The voluntarily posted Blogs, Train/Station Tips, Train/Station Pics, Polls, Train TTs, PNRs, etc. comprise the permanent publicly viewable and searchable repository of IRI. A PUBLIC info website is unlike WhatsApp, FaceBook, Instagram, etc. where people post personal pics and other stuff, which CAN...
  • Entry# 3535285
    Jun 15 2018 (08:28PM)

    This is a clarification to all members regarding our Forum Guidelines and the FM Group. SWs are issued for very clear cases of abuse and misbehaviour by a member. . At this time, we have had many members against whom SW is issued claim that: "I am a long-time member of IRI, and have...
  • Entry# 3444356
    May 23 2018 (12:09PM)

    @all: With the introduction of the pre-moderation scheme for new IDs described here Blog Entry# 3443990-1 and Entry# 3441062 , following is a summary of Forum Guidelines in effect: . 1. Blog Posts by new IDs appear in public ONLY AFTER scrutiny and approval by FMs. A member may create as many Fake IDs as...
  • Entry# 3441062
    May 22 2018 (12:51PM)

    The system detailed here Blog Entry# 3440635 will be rolled out soon. Meanwhile, immediately, to curb the menace of fake IDs, starting tomorrow, all blog posts from New Members will be "PRE-moderated". . What this means is that, UNTIL the member acquires at least 10 public positive Ratings - Great/Thanks, etc. . 1. ALL posted blogs...
  • Entry# 3440635
    May 22 2018 (10:04AM)

    To curb the proliferation of duplicate IDs in IRI, we shall soon be requiring SMS-based authentication to post blogs. . Members will be required to provide a mobile phone number to authenticate their accounts. An OTP will be sent to the number. Upon entering the OTP, the account will be associated with that...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom
Go to Mobile site
Important Note: This website NEVER solicits for Money or Donations. Please beware of anyone requesting/demanding money on behalf of IRI. Thanks.
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.
India Rail Info Privacy Policy