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Aug 06 2021 (00:03) Indian Railways Recruitment 2021: Salary up to Rs 56900, Class 8 Pass Candidates Can Apply For Over 1600 Posts | Apply Today (

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Indian Railways Recruitment 2021: The candidates must note that the last date to apply is September 1, 2021.
Indian Railway Recruitment 2021: The candidates, who are interested to join Indian Railways, here comes a piece of wonderful news for them. The Indian Railways Recruitment Cell of the Indian Railways has invited applications from candidates to fill up 1664 vacancies for apprentices in various posts.

Indian Railways said that the registration window to apply for apprentice posts opened on Monday (August 2). Interested candidates can apply on the official website of railways at
Jul 31 2021 (19:18) Indian Railways Electrifies Over Six Thousand Route Km In FY21, Targets 100 Per Cent Electrification By 2024 (

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During 2020-21, Indian Railways has electrified 6,015 Route kilometres (RKM) against the target of 6,000 RKM.

To expedite the implementation of Railway electrification projects, funds are allocated project-wise instead of zone wise. A budget allocation of 6,326 crores was made for this purpose during 2020-21.

various steps have been taken to complete the projects in time like award of large size Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts, better project monitoring mechanism, assured funds through 'Extra Budgetary Resource' (Institutional Finance), decentralization of powers to field units etc.

This information was given by the Minister of Railways, Ashwini Vaishnaw, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday (30 July).

Indian Railways has a total Broad Gauge (BG) network of 64,689 RKM, including 740 RKM of Konkan Railway. Out of these 45,881 RKM, i.e. about 71 per cent has already been electrified till March 2021. Electrification work is in progress under different stages of execution on balance BG routes.

The Indian Railways has decided to electrify BG rail lines in a mission mode and is likely to complete the process by 2023-24, Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw informed the Parliament.

The minister said about Rs 21,000 crore are estimated to be incurred on electrification of remaining Broad Gauge routes of Indian Railways.

He further informed that the Indian Railways' annual consumption of Electricity for traction purposes is about 18.41 billion units during 2019-20 and 14.1 billion units during 2020-21.

The estimated electricity consumption after complete electrification of Railway tracks shall be 30.13 billion units, he said.
Jul 28 2021 (21:03) Limited response to Indian Railways’ private operations tender (

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INDIAN Railway’s (IR) much publicised plan to operate private passenger services on the mainline network has failed to take off after state-owned Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and the Megha Group were confirmed as the only participants when bids were finally opened on July 23, 18 months after the tenders were floated.

Companies including Larsen & Toubro, GMR, Gateway Rail, Cube Highways, BHEL, CAF, Welspun and PNC infra, which had expressed interest in the project, did not participate.

Offers were received for just three of the 12 clusters identified for private train operations: the Mumbai-2, Delhi-1 and Delhi-2 clusters. Since the IRCTC has offered a substantially higher rate of revenue sharing – 18%, 15% and 6% respectively for the three clusters – it is likely to win the contracts.

The ambitious plan was announced last year, with the bidding process getting underway in July 2020. A 35-year concession is proposed in tender documents, with the concessionaire required to introduce their own rolling stock and locomotives, and pay fixed charges for paths, stations, access to railway infrastructure and electricity consumed. IR will provide the guard and driver. In addition, private operators are required to share revenue with IR on a ratio decided through the competitive bidding process.

However, several private operators confirmed in March that they would not be participating.

According to an official press release, the Railway Ministry will expeditiously complete the evaluation process and decide the winners. The statement says 29 pairs of services requiring 40 modern trains and an investment of Rs 72bn ($US 1bn) will be operated in the first phase. IR was targeting the introduction of 109 services by 2023-2024.

Unreasonable clauses
Private investors apparently backed out because of “unreasonable clauses” contained in the tender document. One of the first companies to make an exit was Gateway Rail. “Railways do not have the infrastructure to maintain speeds of 160km/h,” says CEO, Mr Sachin Bhanushali. “However, the tender documents made it mandatory for private players to bring in rolling stock fit for 160km/h. The second issue was about sourcing, as such trains are not available in the Indian market.”

Bhanushali adds that the private parties demanded that an independent regulator be established to settle possible disputes. “But IR was unwilling to address these concerns,” he says.

Rail consultants point to other anomalies in the tender documents. For instance, they state that track access charges paid to IR would increase on an annual cumulative basis. However, there was no reference to whether passenger fares would increase correspondingly. Second, IR officials were unwilling to concede the demand that the concession agreement should have a “bankable status,” in order to make it possible for private companies to take out bank loans. Third, the tender documents make it clear that the private parties cannot make an exit before they have brought in the new trains.

“Earlier initiatives of IR to set up locomotive factories under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode gave fruitful results because of engagement amongst both the parties to address the concerns,” says rail consultant, Mr Harsh Dhingra. “I wish a similar process had been adopted in this bid as well.”

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Jul 28 2021 (22:47)
Fan of IIFA Awards
Brandon12663^~   31878 blog posts
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Absolutely right
Perfect response by the pvt companies

Jul 28 2021 (23:00)
RailWatch~   2278 blog posts
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All issues mentioned by private players are valid. This culture is reason of loss in IR. Private players just showed mirror

Jul 28 2021 (23:11)
The train
RailwaysTheLife~   264 blog posts
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Practically, private players have no relation with punctuality. Punctuality depends on controllers who control the train on tracks. Private players cannot be made responsible for punctuality.

Jul 28 2021 (23:19)
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Because of security reasons and also to maintain the whole railway setup, Controlling needs to be kept in the hands of Indian Railways, because private players ftom India as well as Global are involved in this package, so u cannot leave Controlling in the hands of private players. Also, since in IR both government and private players will run trains, so leaving Controlling in the hands of private players with destroy the balance between govt trains and different private companies and also will create chaos. Also, politics is also involved in IR so leaving Controlling in the hands of private players will have regional political influences also more.
I still believe, running private trains in India is
never going to be a profitable. A country where a huge population is middle class and below middle class, how can a costly private train travel with travel time just few hours lesser than Govt runned trains can be profitable. Airlines are favoured by people because travel time is very less compared to trains, but this will not happen in trains. It is i believe a poor strategy by government. I think those private players who have opted out of this pkg has done a clever job.
In India you cannot maintain 160kmph end-to-end because of its geography, culture and habits which vary from one place to another and also population is higher here.

Jul 31 2021 (18:19)
G_I_P_R^~   7203 blog posts
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In many countries, railways have been successfully run by private organisations after de nationalisation of railways, for eg, UK, France.

In the USA, bulk of passenger traffic is handled by Amtrak, but it is a PSU.

you expect private players to maintain the same level of operations, then NO, it would not be enough to run all services profitably. Infact, many services would be culled for want of profitability or be subsidised by govt, which would defeat the whole purpose.

Then there is always fear of crony capitalists taking advantage of the system, govt as such always behaves like a toothless tiger.

Some middle ground will need to be achieved or else, we can all keep mum on this and suffer the travesty which IR doles out in the name of service.
Jul 23 2021 (23:59) Railway Station in Smart City Bhubaneswar will be upgraded to a world class multimodal Railway Station Soon (

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Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways and the Odisha government have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the redevelopment of Bhubaneswar railway station.

Vidya Bhushan , who is East Coast Railway (ECoR) General Manager inspected the Bhubaneswar railway station and also took stock of the various passenger amenities and facilities required to be developed as part of the station redevelopment plan.

The upcoming multi-modal transport hub is being called the first time in India kind development . The ambitious project will be jointly carried out by the Ministry of Railways and the state government of Odisha.

The initial redevelopment work will be carried out with an investment of Rs 130 crore. Of the total investment, the national transporter will spend Rs 70 crore while the state government will spend Rs 60 crore.
Under the MoU, a new railway station building, as well as two new railway lines along with platforms, will be developed in an integrated manner over the land belonging to Indian Railways and the state government of Odisha.
The proposed railway station building will boast of G+5 floors, out of which G+2 floors will be earmarked for the use by Indian Railways. The area earmarked for Indian Railways will be 1.74 lakh square ft. (src – finance express & Sambad )

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Jul 24 2021 (07:47)
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- IR is no longer led by Piyish Goyal, but the new RM is closely associated with Orissa & Patnaik led Orissa State Govt.
- We can hope that RM shall take personal interest in developing world-class rly stn for Bhubaneswar Smart city
- New Rly stn (south of Barang) shall be near to Cuttack ancient capital city & important commercial center. Many trains eastbound trains from BBS/Puri which taking shorter and faster route via naraj and bypassing Cuttack.
Orissa Govt should plan future expansion of BBS northwards so that the new smart station could become central station of BBS-Cuttack Metropolitan area in long run
Jun 23 2021 (20:02) Indian railway stations that are named like family relations (
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