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Jul 22 2017 (18:58)  NITI Aayog approves Rs.18000 Crore investment for Railways (www.railnews.in)
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NEW DELHI: NITI Aayog on Friday approved investments worth Rs. 18,000 crore for high-speed rail projects for major routes of Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu said at an ASSOCHAM event here today.
“We are working on Gatiman Express which is India?s fastest train at 180 km per hour and trying for Mumbai-Delhi and Delhi-Kolkata which are major routes with a speed of maximum 200 km per hour (kmph) and that will be an investment of Rs. 18,000 crore which has already been approved by the NITI Aayog,” said Prabhu while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM International Conference RAILTECH 2017.
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we proposed it, they were apprehensive but now everybody realises importance of it as it is a least-cost option, so we are trying to do that, you can imagine the trains can go at that speed from Delhi to Mumbai and how much travel time will be reduced,” added Prabhu.
He also said that Railways Ministry is working with many countries to increase the speed of operations, including France.
“There are a lot of studies which are going on and they are in a very advanced stage, so we will start implementing that in the next few months” time,? added the minister.
He added that the Government is working towards introducing cutting-edge technology of future in all aspects of railways with it not only being imported but being co-developed in India.
“We already had about six to eight months ago, a programme in which we called all the major technology developers who had not yet fully developed, commercialized the technology which can take the speed of railways to more than 600 kmph and we are already working with them, companies like Hyperloop,” added Prabhu.
Talking about the use of high-end technology on safety front, he said that self-propelled detection of tracks together with use of ultrasonic machines and geo-spatial technology to alert about unmanned railway crossings are underway.
On laying of railway tracks, he said that automatic track laying machines which are already being used on Dedicated Freight Corridor will now be tried all over the country.
“This has already resulted in increasing the speed of putting the track which was only three kms. per day to almost eight kms. per day and the target is to take it to 20 kms per day in the next three years and definitely we are on track for doing that,” added Prabhu.
He said considering that capital expenditure needed for optimal technology has gone from Rs. 30,000 crore a year to almost Rs. 2,75,000 crore in the last 2.5 years shows the commitment of the Government.
On the rolling stock, he said that two major locomotives are already in use with one from French transport giant Alstom. “It is going to bring in the best cutting edge technology, environment friendly, speed will be good, least fuel consumption and that will available in the next month?s time and that is going to be manufactured in India.”
He said that another locomotive factory would be set up in West Bengal, “We are yet to finalise the bid, but it will already be happening. That again will begin the best technology in fact, all the top global players are vying for it.”
Highlighting that the Government is taking all these steps in a very transparent manner, the Union Minister said that companies like Siemens have made a consortium in this regard. “So you can imagine how serious they are because otherwise they would have come on their own.”
Prabhu also informed that Railway Ministry has started working on revamping, refurbishing and retrofitting of 40,000 outdated coaches.
?We have already stopped manufacturing non-LHB coaches from April 1, next year and all the LHB coaches will be manufactured, so you can imagine the technological up-gradation that is happening at all levels,? he said.
He said that Railway Ministry has also completely revamped the ticket-booking mobile application with many services being made available on one single application. “This is going to bring in a completely different experience for the traveller because he can book it completely on his palm literally, not only booking but anything to do with railways.”
Talking about the recently held huge roundtable conference on technology, he said that Railway Ministry was engaging with all the top global players that had participated in the same.
?I think we have already taken very serious steps, to modernise and optimise the capacity of railway operations and the biggest other technology tool that we will be using and we have already started work on is rail cloud,? said Prabhu.
He said that Railway Ministry has also started working on enterprise resource planning (ERP) which has the potential to save up to Rs. 70,000 crore.
?We are also using technology for each and every aspect of railways, including managerial practices which includes our internal processes to ensure that efficiency is allowed and in fact we will try to plug every possible area where there is a leakage, hoodwinking possible and the system will be made foolproof,? said the Union Railway Minister.
  
Jul 22 2017 (18:53)  Anticipated cost of Imphal-Jiribam Rail line pegged at Rs.9658 Crores (www.railnews.in)
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IMPHAL/NEW DELHI: Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain informed the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the Imphal-Jiribam rail line has been taken up at the anticipated cost of Rs 9658 crore while an expenditure of Rs 5278 crore has been incurred till March this year.
An outlay of Rs 1400 crore has been provided for 2017-2018 for the project, said Gohain and added that Imphal to Jiribam railway line is part of the Trans-Asian railway network.
Replying to questions raised by Rajya Sabha MP K Bhabananda, Gohain further said that the completion of
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the project depends on many factors such as land acquisition, forestry and wild life clearances, shifting of services, construction of road over and under bridges, law and order etc.
The proposed railway stations that will come up along the new line are Jiribam, Vangaichingpo, Kaimai, Kambiron Thingao, Khonsang, Awangkhul, Noney, Tupul, Haochong and Imphal, informed the Minister.
To other posers raised by K Bhabananda, MoS for Electronics and Information Technology, PP Chaudhury said that the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is implementing Digital India programme to transform India to a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy and added that State Wide Area Networks (SWANs), State Date Centres (SDCs), Common Service Centres (CSCs), State Service Delivery Gateways (SSDGs), e-District Mission Mode Project (MMP) have been implemented to help the Government Departments in the States and Centre.
  
Jul 13 2017 (17:08)  यात्रीगण कृप्या ध्यान दें, सितम्बर में बढ़ सकता है ट्रेन का किराया (www.punjabkesari.in)
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नई दिल्लीः अगर आप सितम्बर में कहीं घूमने का प्लान बना रहे है तो, ये खबर आपको झटका दे सकती है। इंडियन रेलवे अपने पैरों पर खड़े होने के लिए लगातार कदम उठा रहा है। इसीलिए उसने अपनी आय बढ़ाने के लिए नई योजनाएं बनाई है। माना जा रहा है कि इस कड़ी में सबसे पहले रेलवे सितंबर से धीरे-धीरे यात्री किराया बढ़ा सकता हैं, साथ ही, रेलवे ने हाल में आय बढ़ाने के लिए कई नई कंपनियों से माल-ढुलाई के लिए करार किए है।
प्रधानमंत्री कार्यालय रेलवे को यात्री किराए में बढ़ोतरी के लिए मंजूरी दे चुका है। इसीलिए माना जा रहा है सितंबर में रेलवे इस पर फैसला ले सकता है। जानकारी के मुताबिक, रेलवे ने दो बड़ी सीमेंट मैन्युफैक्चरिंग
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कंपनियों के साथ करार किया है, साथ ही, 10 कंपनियों के साथ जल्द कॉन्ट्रैक्ट पर साइन हो सकते है।
रेलवे टिकट पर देता है बड़ी सब्सिडी
रेलवे को पैसेंजर किराए में घाटा होता है और इस पर तकरीबन 43 फीसदी सब्सिडी दी जाती है। इसका सीधा सा मतलब यह हुआ रेलवे को किसी भी टिकट पर सौ रुपए के खर्च पर सिर्फ 57 रुपए की कमाई होती है, इस वजह से रेलवे पर लगातार आर्थिक दबाव बना रहता है इससे छुटकारा पाने के लिए रेलवे लगातार कोशिश कर रहा है।रेलवे को होता है सालाना 3500 करोड़ का घाटा
यात्री किराया में मिलने वाली सब्सिडी से रेलवे को सालाना लगभग 3500 करोड़ रुपए का घाटा होता है. घाटे की दूसरी वजह बुजुर्गो, महिलाओं, सैनिकों, विकलांगों, खिलाड़ियों आदि को मिलने वाली रियायत है। इसे समाप्त करना भी आसान नहीं है। सबसे ज्यादा 1375 करोड़ रुपए सिर्फ वरिष्ठ नागरिकों को दी जाने वाली सब्सिडी का सालाना बोझ उठाना पड़ता है।
  
Jul 03 2017 (04:14)  Adequate funds for completion of railway projects: CRB (www.railnews.in)
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BHUBANESWAR: Railway Board Chairman A K Mital during his recent visit to the East Coast Railway said funds would not be an issue and adequate funds would be given for ongoing railway projects, official sources said today.
Mittal said this while reviewing performance and progress of East Coast Railway especially on ongoing projects with General Manager Umesh Singh and other Principal Heads of the Departments of Railways at Rail Sadan, Bhubaneswar, according to an official release.
“Mital assured that funds for Railway projects for East Coast Railway would not be an issue and
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adequate funds would be given. He stressed on early completion of vital infrastructure projects to avoid cost overruns and to speed up mobility in this region,” it said.
Mital also sought co-operation from all agencies for development of Railway infrastructure and projects in this region.
  
Jun 24 2017 (01:03)  Implementation of GST on Indian Railways (indianrailwaynews.in)
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In continuation of above referred instructions containing approach paper for implementation of Goods & services Tax (GST), it has been decided to levy Goods & Services Tax (GST) in place of service tax including cess on transportation of passengers by rail. The detailed procedure for levy of GST on transportation of passengers by rail shall be as under:-
1. Goods and service tax (GST) will be levied on the fare of passenger services in place of service tax (including cess) on the following classes :-
(i) AC first class (ii) Executive class (iii)
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AC-2 tier class (iv) AC-3 tier class (v) AC chair car class (vi) AC economy class (v) First class (vi) AC and first classes coaches of special trains/coaches on FTR (vii) All other type of first class and AC class coaches
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