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Mar 31 (10:31) Central Railway raises platform ticket cost in 2 more divisions (
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Mar 31 2021 (10:31)
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The Central Railway has increased the price of platform tickets at some key stations under its Nagpur and Bhusawal divisions in Maharashtra to avoid over- crowding during the upcoming summer season in view of the spike in Covid-19 cases, an official said on Friday.
As per the decision taken on March 10, a platform ticket now costs Rs 50 at Nashik Road, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Badnera, Madgaon, Shegaon, Akola, Amravati and Khandwa stations in Bhusawal divisions. It is priced at Rs 50 at Nagpur station and Rs 30 at Betul, Chandrapur, Balharshah and Wardha station in Nagpur division, the official said.
previous rate of a platform ticket at these stations was Rs 10.
Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of the Central Railway (CR) said the move (of raising the cost of platform tickets) has been in practice for the last many years and it is used occasionally as a short-term measure for crowd control.
"This is often done during the festive season and melas (fairs), etc before it is gradually rolled back. This time it is being used to tackle the exigencies arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision has been taken in public interest," he said.
The platform ticket price hike will be applicable till June 10 in Bhusawal division and till June 8 in Nagpur division.
Earlier this month, the CR had increased the platform ticket cost to Rs 50 at key stations in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.
Mar 25 (10:34) Coronavirus conundrum: Railways registers 70% loss in passenger earnings; sees profit in freight (
Rail Budget

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Mar 25 2021 (10:34)
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The Railways managed to surpass the freight revenues of last year by Rs 1868 crore
The Railways suffered a loss of Rs 38,017 crore in the passenger segment in the last fiscal due to the coronavirus crisis, but some of what it lost was compensated by the goodwill it earned by running Shramik Special trains, ferrying essentials and through innovation in freight movement which helped surpass last years' revenues.
While regular train services are yet to resume, the focus of the Railways has been to ensure that its freight revenues hold steady.
Railways managed to surpass the freight revenues of last year by Rs 1868 crore or two per cent as of March 22 -- paltry gains, but a huge boost, given the problems that came with the coronavirus lockdown.
As far as the passenger segment is concerned, while it netted Rs 53525.57 last year as revenue, this year it could earn only Rs 15507.68, 71.03 per cent less.
The total passenger revenue between the period April 2020 to February 2021 is Rs 12,409.49 crores as against the Rs 48,809.40 crore for the corresponding period the previous year.
Also read: Indian Railways announces initiatives against smoking, carrying inflammable items
Even as it faced restrictions in moving passengers, on May 1 railways began to ferry migrant workers home. Between May 1 and August 30, the Railways ferried 63.15 lakh, such workers, home across 23 states in over 4,000 Shramik Special trains.
What earned the Railways immense goodwill through the lockdown was its drastic changes in freight movement, introducing parcel services, carrying essentials like milk, medicines and even ventilators.
The innovation was to realise that if the Railways could not move passengers freely, it could move freight instead.
Applauds galore were received from across the country -- from mothers who received medicines for their ailing children, some who received specialized products like camel milk thanked the railways through social media posts.
However, identifying opportunities and building on them with innovations are set to hold the national transporter in good stead in the coming fiscal. To make the most of it, Business Development Units (BDUs) have been set up at Railway Board, Zonal Railway and Divisional levels. These multi-disciplinary teams have reached out to customers to attract new business.
It has also introduced time-tabled parcel services to provide reliable services to courier services, e-commerce companies.
According to data provided by the Railways as of March 22, its freight loading for the year stood at 1191.76 MT as compared to 1185.99 MT during the same period last year, showing a growth of around 0.5 MT
The highest growth in non-traditional commodities, according to rail ministry data has been led by chemical salt (439 per cent), sand (274 per cent), cotton (266 per cent), onion (234 per cent) and automobiles (84 per cent).
Railways’ increase in loading of farm produce can be attributed to the Kisan Rails that were introduced in July 2020 with a 50 per cent subsidy for transportation costs of fruits and vegetables on these rails.
Keeping in mind the increasing requirement of freight locomotives in the coming future, the Railways in January this year instructed Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW) to upgrade 200 of the existing 6000 HP freight locomotives to 9000 HP locomotives. Since then, CLW has turned out three such locos, two of which have been commissioned after successful trials.
However, it's not just in loading that the freight segment has benefited during the corona crisis. The average speed of goods trains has doubled from the previous 23.71 kmph to around 45.36 kmph. The struggle will be to keep them going at this speed when passenger trains start plying.
Currently, the Railways is operating 8634 special trains, which includes 2402 mail/express trains, 5381 suburban trains and 851 passenger trains. While it has restored 75 per cent of its mail/express trains, only 18 per cent of its passenger trains have been restored.
With 7377 trains running per day, overall, the Railways so far has restored 65 per cent of its pre-Covid-19 tally of 11,319 trains.
While the Railways has restored these services, the trains are running as “specials” with a slightly higher fare, which the national transporter said was to discourage unnecessary travel.
To discourage such travel, the Railways has also hiked platform tickets in some areas, stopped providing linen as well as food to passengers and completely withdrawn concessions in fares except in a handful of categories.
It has also made masks mandatory while travelling.
While it is not clear when regular train services are set to resume, the coronavirus pandemic has ensured that not just the rules of travelling, but even the norms of ferrying goods have seen a 360-degree change.

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Mar 25 (10:41)
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yeh kisi ko nahi dikhta hai

Mar 25 (10:43)
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lkin yeah jarrur dikhga/dikhta h ki Trains k fare bahut jyada baddh gya..🤷‍♂😂😀😅😐☑️

Mar 25 (10:52)
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They brought this upon themselves.
Even now, where multiple new lines are being commissioned, the MPS for said lines is always 110 as testing is done at 120-125 kmph (oscillation trials ate always carried out at 10% greater speed than rated)
Until railways doesn't increase speed they won't cut down on losses as the higher paying seement gravitates either towards planes or AC buses, both of which offer higher speeds.
same thing happened in many parts of Europe and japan in 60's, they responded by creating high speed trains and high speed lines, we did by starting money fleecing humsafars and writing lame statements behind tickets.

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This is due to less travel due to covid

Mar 25 (15:55)
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If you read the entire article, it says that at the moment 75% of express trains, the main revenue generator for IR are on track, while revenue loss is 71% overall. The trains are run with somewhat higher fare and no concessions, yet this is the state.
This isn't just the loss from lower number of trains!
Mar 09 (15:30) Karnataka Budget: Railway projects get a push, bus corporations wait for help (
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SWR/South Western

News Entry# 443527  Blog Entry# 4901419   
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The budget announces the construction of 52 bus stations and 16 bus depots across the state without the particulars

Karnataka on Monday gave the biggest push yet for the local trains by allocating funds for three major projects in its budget, but has let down the four transport corporations which have suffered losses of Rs 4,000 crore over the last one year.

Days after the Centre allocated Rs 300 crore for the much-anticipated suburban rail project as part of the equity infusion to the joint venture company, the state government has gone a step further by setting aside Rs 850 crore for the Rs 16,000-crore project.

Two crucial doubling projects that have been pending over the years due to the initial reluctance of the state government to share the cost have not got full support of the same government. 

Also read: Karnataka Budget: BSY's doles to harvest farmers' goodwill

The budget has allocated Rs 813 crore for the doubling and electrification of Byappanahalli-Hosur (estimated cost Rs 376 Crore) and Yeshwantpur-Channasandra (Rs 170 crore) lines, which will help in the introduction of the local trains without waiting for the completion of the full-fledged suburban rail project.

The budget announces the construction of 52 bus stations and 16 bus depots across the state without the particulars. It also makes mention of supporting public transport by “taking maximum advantage” of the Union government’s “Augmentation of City Bus Services”project.

However, activists pointed at the action taken report in which the government said it has diverted the Rs 100 crore set aside in the last year’s budget for procuring 300 electric buses to pay the salary of the BMTC employees.

Also read: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa presents 'no pain, no gain' Budget

Vinay Sreenivasa of the Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike questioned the government’s failure to support the bus corporations.

“Metro projects get thousands of crores of rupees while the BMTC loses even the few crores allocated in the budget,” he said.

The announcement of concessional bus pass to women garment workers in Bengaluru at an expenditure of Rs 30 crore comes as a saving grace for a budget that otherwise doesn’t have much for the bus commuters.
Feb 24 (15:58) Despite plenty of funds, new railway lines in Karnataka stuck in limbo for want of land (
Rail Budget
SWR/South Western

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Unless the railways gets 90 percent of the required land, it does not commence the tender process for allotment of work

HUBBALLI: For want of land, major new railway lines being developed by the South Western Railway are stuck in limbo. Though the SWR authorities have taken up the issue with the state government, the process has not got the expected momentum. As a result, the railway zone is unable to spend the budgetary grants made against these projects.

Whenever the railways takes up any new project, the state government acquires the land and hands it over to them. Unless the railways gets 90 percent of the required land, it does not commence the tender process for allotment of work. As the majority of the new rail line projects have not got sufficient land, all are in limbo.

Among the project stuck are the Tumkuru-Chitradurga-Davangere, Gadag-Wadi and also the recently sanctioned Dharwad-Belagavi lines. All these lines not only cut the distance to reach other ends of the state from Hubballi but also save time, money and energy. They need to be taken by the authorities on a priority basis, but little is moving on the ground.

According to data sourced from SWR officials, for the 199-kilometre long Tumkur-Davangere line, the land in possession of the railways is in bits and pieces. A total of 930 hectares was needed but it has got possession of 53 ha, which is not even 10 percent. Since the land has become a contentious issue, the acquisition process is getting delayed.

The situation is similar for the 252-kilometre long Gadag-Wadi line too, which needed 1,598 ha land but only 616 ha is in the railway's possession, that too not in a single stretch. From Talakal, where the new line starts, 348 acres has been acquired, and at the Wadi end it has 268 acres. However, departing from regular practice, the SWR is planning to float a tender for laying a line between Talakal and Kushtagi.

If this is the status of the project which was sanctioned years ago, then you can imagine the fate of the new 73-km long Dharwad-Belagavi line, which just got sanctioned last year and needed a total of 335 ha of land. This long-pending demand was realised because of Suresh Angagi, but nobody is there now to push the project further at the central level and put pressure on the state government, though it has got Rs 50 crore budgetary grant.

However, the case is not the same with the new 103-km long Shimoga-Shikaripur-Ranebennur line which needed 335 ha because it falls in the Chief Minister's district. Admitting that the majority of the new lines are facing the trouble of land acquisition, except the Shimoga-Shikaripur-Ranebennur line, SWR chief public relation officer E Vijaya said recently that though the project was sanctioned two years ago, 50 percent of the land is already in its possession and they are expecting the other half soon.

Another senior official in SWR said the sum of budgetary grants for the next year for these four projects is Rs 350 crore and the money is unlikely to be spent in case the railway did not get the required land. In fact, SWR officials are regularly meeting top authorities in the government, but acquiring the land is the real challenge, the official added.
Feb 24 (15:07) Western Railway faces Rs 5,000 crore loss due to Covid-19 (
Rail Budget

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Among the trains being currently operated by the WR, some are running with only 10 per cent occupancy, according to an official

The Western Railway is facing an annual revenue loss of about Rs 5,000 crore due to the Covid-19 crisis which affected services and led to a drop in the number of train travellers, a senior official has said.

people are still reluctant to travel by train due to fear of the coronavirus, Western Railway's General Manager Alok Kansal told reporters here on Tuesday.

"We are incurring an annual revenue loss of Rs 5,000 crore in coaching trains (passenger trains) segment due to the Covid-19 crisis," he said.

Among the trains being currently operated by the WR, some are running with only 10 per cent occupancy, he said.


Kansal said before the outbreak of Covid-19, the Western Railway used to run about 300 passenger trains. But, the government stopped passenger trains across the country in March last year to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

He said the operation of passenger trains is now coming back on track and this is expected to improve the Western Railway's revenue.

"During the last 11 months, the Western Railway has gradually restarted 145 out of its 300 passenger trains... about 50 per cent of our passenger trains have been resumed," he said.

In the next seven days, the WR is going to restart six more passenger trains in Madhya Pradesh, he said.

Kansal clarified that the Western Railway is currently running its passenger trains as special trains in view of the Covid-19 guidelines, and only passengers having reserved tickets are allowed to travel.

During the Covid-19 lockdown last year, the WR ran 1,234 Shramik Special trains from May 1 to 31 to ferry about 19 lakh people to their destinations in different states, he added.

Kansal was in MP for an inspection of the Indore- Dewas-Ujjain-Ratlam section of the Railways.
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