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Today (14:57)  Air Travel will be No.1 Choice by 2020, says Blue Print on Indian Railways (www.railnews.in)
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NEW DELHI: Domestic airlines can rejoice as the Indian Railways in a blueprint found that in the next three years, mostly upper-class passengers would prefer to travel by air. The Ministry of Railways has prepared a detailed blueprint of the projection for 2019-2020 which shows future trends to expect in the future. Railways may lose a huge chunk of its upper class clientele to the airlines. “within the next three years, domestic airlines will overtake it as India’s most preferred mode of long-distance travel for upper-class passengers,” it says!
The blueprint says that while airlines has an edge over railways due to high speed and lesser time travel but the railways have more competitive prices. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu commissioned an internal
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assessment report. The blueprint prepared by the Railway board is a part of this report. While railways have always come first in the inter-city travel of a distance within 500 km. The blueprint cites government data showing that about 25 per cent of the domestic air travel occurs in this segment. This is a fairly large percentage considering the misconception air travel is only for 800-1000 km distances.
The projection for 2019-2020 is detailed in a blueprint on the future business scenario prepared by the Railway Ministry, raising the first official red flag over the national transporter losing its upper-class clientele to the booming domestic airlines sector.
IE quoted the document saying, “With the proliferation of airports into small towns and massive thrust of low-cost airlines to Tier-II and III cities, there is a clear pattern emerging of air being preferred for even shorter hauls by passengers.” To top that, government schemes like UDAAN which provides air travel of less than an hour for Rs 2,500 will boost the aviation sector.
NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy told IE that for shorter distances, road sector has been taking over the railways, and the long-distance travel is being claimed by the aviation sector. The Railways had earlier said that they have been losing passengers in 100-km segment due to better road connectivity and more two-wheelers. Ajay Shukla, former Railway Board Member (Traffic) said that in most developed nations, Railways generally do not cater to long-distance travel, leaving that to the airlines. Giving the example of Delhi to Chennai, a distance of 2,000 km, Shukla told IE that railways should leave such a long commute to the airlines. He said that railways should focus on more freight trains instead.
While speed has traditionally provided the edge for airlines, “price” has now given them a complementary advantage, says the blueprint, which warns that these two factors need to be taken up on an urgent basis.
The blueprint analyses government statistics to show that 25 per cent of domestic air travel happens over inter-city distances within 500 km — a segment where the Railways was always believed to enjoy a monopoly — contrary to popular perception that air travel is chosen only for 800-1,000-km distances.
”It is essential that Indian Railways addresses the two key value propositions of airlines passenger business — price and speed — immediately to sustain its core business in the passenger segment in the future,” it says.
This should serve as a “wake up call”, and require clear cut strategies on pricing and capacity augmentation, it says.
The blueprint is part of an internal assessment report commissioned by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and prepared by the Railway Board to map a comprehensive overhaul and possible course correction.
”With the proliferation of airports into small towns and massive thrust of low-cost airlines to Tier-II and III cities, there is a clear pattern emerging of air being preferred for even shorter hauls by passengers,” it says.
Apart from airfares coming closer to rail fares, proactive government policies like UDAAN, which provides for air travel of less than an hour for Rs 2,500 will also provide impetus to the civil aviation sector, the blueprint concludes.
”This should be viewed as an overall healthy trend for the economy,” NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy told. “For shorter distances, the Railways had started losing share to the road sector, and now for long-distance travel, civil aviation sector has been claiming its share. Eventually, multimodal transport development will happen seamlessly, and it will not be viewed as an either-or binary of road and air travel,” he says.
The number of total passengers carried by domestic airlines has been spiking towards the 100-million mark for the last few years. They carried around 97.8 million between December 2015 and November 2016, the report notes. The comparable classes on Indian Railways — First AC, AC-II, III and First Class — carry on an average 145 million passengers every year.
For Railways, this segment has been either shrinking or plateaued. From a growth of 9.5 per cent in 2014-15, it shrunk to 5.01 per cent in 2015-16, the report notes. ”The 20 per cent year-on-year growth of the civil aviation sector is likely to sustain in the short run-up to five years and then taper out to a 10 per cent average annual growth rate,” it says.
The report says that till Dedicated Freight Corridors are commissioned in full, the average growth rate of the upper class segment will remain a tepid five per cent. “…the number of passengers by air would exceed the upper class rail passenger numbers by FY 2019-20,” it says.
The Railways has been losing passengers in the up-to 100-km segment over the years prompting the Parliamentary Standing Committee to question it a couple of years ago. At the time, the Railways had attributed it to the proliferation of two-wheelers and improvement in rural road connectivity.
“For years, we have refused to see the writing on the wall. This is the global trend in developed economies, wherein the Railways do not serve long-distance passenger travel. That load is rightly taken by air,” says Ajay Shukla, former Railway Board Member (Traffic).
”Railways should ideally cede the market of long-distance services, like Delhi-Chennai and others to air and free up its own capacity for more freight trains, which will be a real contribution to the economy,” says Shukla.
  
Today (14:54)  Texmaco reported a loss of Rs.8.65 Crore for June quarter against a profit of Rs 6.56 Crore a year ago (www.railnews.in)
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KOLKATA: Beneath the grandiose plans to spend Rs 8.5 lakh crore to beef up Indian Railways, the wagon makers, a key component of the department’s freight revenue generation, are bleeding profusely primarily due to lack of adequate orders.
“Performance during the quarter was adversely affected due to poor wagon orders and other consequential-related issues,” Texmaco executive director said in a statement post reporting a dismal first quarter for the country’s largest wagon maker.
Texmaco on Monday plunged into losses, reporting a negative bottomline of Rs 8.65 crore for June quarter against a profit
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of Rs 6.56 crore a year ago and Rs 5.93 crore profit during the previous quarter.
Texmaco is not suffering alone. Titagarh Wagons, the second-largest wagon maker, which is yet to announce its quarterly earnings, is apprehensive about the sustainability of erratic government orders.
“Wagons procurement order by Indian Railways for the current year is yet to be announced and uncertainty in this area has become a norm,” said executive chairman J P Chowdhary in his report to shareholders prior to the forthcoming annual general meeting of the company.
“Financial performance for the past three years had been impacted mainly due to successive lack of orders for procurement of wagons from Indian Railways during the past 3-4 years, the largest customer, compounded by predatory pricing resorted to by some of the manufacturers aimed at securing larger allocation in the tender rendering the wagons business unremunerative,” Titagarh said in its annual report.
The predicament contrasts with the statistics handed out by the government and the plans announced by it.
Spending by the Railways has risen from a low of Rs 58,718 crore in FY15 to Rs 121,000 crore in FY17, the highest so far while the railway ministry plans to invest Rs 8.56 lakh crore in the next five years, including Rs 1.02 lakh crore towards improving supplies of locomotives, coaches and wagons, things that are outsourced to the private sectors.
But before that materialises, wagon makers are banking on diversification and eagerly waiting for a tender to procure 9,500 wagons to be opened by month-end, according to Texmaco sources.
“Diversification in various segments is expected to contribute from the second half of the year and order from the upcoming wagon order scheduled to be opened on July 31,” Texmaco finance head and executive director A K Vijay said.
Titagarh, too, is looking at diversification, raising supplies to private sector wagon users like cement and coal mining companies, making metro coaches by acquiring the coach-making business of Firema Trasporti of Italy and also making components and naval barges for the defence sector.
The export market is being aggressively eyed and efforts are on to secure order for limestone carrying wagons in Malaysian railway, sources said.
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Texmaco reported a loss of Rs 8.65 crore for June quarter against a profit of Rs 6.56 crore a year ago
Titagarh Wagons is apprehensive about the sustainability of erratic government orders.
  
Today (14:53)  CAG urges Railways to improve Parcel Service (www.railnews.in)
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NEW DELHI: Highlighting the lapses in parcel services, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has urged the Railways to improve the quality of services being provided so as to minimise complaints from customers.
The CAG in its report, which was tabled in Parliament on Friday, said the Indian Railways should recognise the need to augment its parcel business and reposition it as a separate line of business rather than an extension of its passenger transportation services.
“However, they did not undertake adequate steps to put in place the infrastructure and other
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institutional arrangements for improvement in parcel services,” the CAG said.
It also noted that parcel services continued to be a non-core activity without any specific emphasis on augmentation and improvement in the capacity of infrastructure or the quality of service.
The auditor also rapped the Railways, saying that the “computerisation of parcel services, which was started in 2005-06, was still not complete on a large number of locations”.
The CAG said that adequate measures for security monitoring and screening of the parcels were not available as seen at the selected parcel depots.
The auditor in its report also said that adequate weightment (weighing bridge) arrangements were not made or ensured by the railways for weightment of leased parcel traffic.
“On the other hand, rules were framed for termination of contracts after default of overloading. These were, however, not a deterrent as weightment was not being done as a regular measure to check overloading despite laid down norms,” the CAG said.
The auditor pointed out that response for booking of leased parcel traffic through SLRs (seating-cum-luggage rake) as well as parcel vans was inadequate. “The offers received were far less than space offered for lease… The railways did not allot parcel vans in 65 per cent of cases,” it said.
According to the report, for leasing of parcel space, there were delays of up to 240 days in finalisation of tenders by zonal railways.
“Customers had to cancel indents for VPs due to non-supply by the railway administration and in many cases parcel vans were declared sick after being loaded,” the CAG said.
“For non-leased traffic, zonal railways carried parcels beyond intended destination in a significant number of cases,” the CAG said.
“In the two-month test, the railways carried 13,565 over carried parcels back to their original destinations, thus resulting hardship to customers and created operational problems,” it said.
  
Today (14:31)  गम्हरिया में हाईटेंशन तार टूटने से फंसीं सात ट्रेनें (m.livehindustan.com)
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बारिश के दौरान गम्हरिया और बृजराजपुर स्टेशन के बीच सोमवार दोपहर को रेलवे का हाईटेंशन तार टूट गया। इससे हावड़ा-मुंबई रेलमार्ग पर यात्री ट्रेनों का आवागमन करीब डेढ़ घंटे तक ठप रहा। रेल अधिकारियों ने तत्काल ब्लॉक लेकर हाईटेंशन तार की मरम्मत शुरू की। वहीं, टाटानगर व कांड्रा स्टेशन पर छह ट्रेनों को रोकने का आदेश हुआ था। इनमें संतरागाछी-आनंद बिहार, हावड़ा-पुरुलिया लालमाटी एवं धनबाद की स्वर्णरेखा एक्सप्रेस करीब एक घंटे टाटानगर स्टेशन पर खड़ी रहीं। जबकि, डाउन लाइन की पुरुलिया-टाटा, आसनसोल-टाटा और चक्रधरपुर से टाटा-खड़गपुर पैसेंजर ट्रेनों को कांड्रा स्टेशन के प्लेटफॉर्म पर रोका गया था। इससे दो हजार से ज्यादा यात्रियों को दिक्कत हुई। टिटलागढ़-हावड़ा इस्पात एक्सप्रेस भी इधर-उधर खड़ी ट्रेनों की लाइन जाम में फंसकर देर से टाटानगर स्टेशन आई।
  
Today (14:28)  लोको शेड से लुढ़का इंजन बेपटरी, दो जख्मी (m.livehindustan.com)
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टाटानगर रेलवे स्थित न्यू इलेक्ट्रिक लोको शेड की लाइन नंबर चार से लुढ़ककर इंजन आरआरआई के पास बेपटरी हो गई। चालक के बगैर लाइन पर लुढ़क रही इंजन ने उक्त लाइन पर खड़ी ट्रैक मरम्मत मशीन से टकराया था। इससे ट्रैकमशीन के केबिन में उपस्थित दो मजदूर जख्मी हो गए हैं। इससे लोको शेड समेत आरआरआई व स्टेशन ड्यूटी रेलकर्मियों में अफरातफरी मची थी। हूटर बजने से कई रेलवे अधिकारी मौके पर पहुंचे। दोनों जख्मी को तत्काल इलाज के लिए रेलवे अस्पताल भेजा गया। लेकिन मामूली चोट होने की वजह से मरहमपट्टी के बाद दोनों छोड़ दिए गए हैं। चौथी घटना: जुलाई महीने में टाटानगर, कांड्रा व बड़बिल स्टेशनों के बीच ट्रेन व इंजन बेपटरी की यह चौथी घटना हैं। 22 जुलाई को टाटानगर के यार्ड, 14 जुलाई को कांड्रा स्टेशन के निकट और 24 जुलाई को डांगुवापोसी के पास बड़बिल पैसेंजर बेपटरी हुई थी।
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