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February 13, 2019
Vande Bharat Express Routes Stations and Features

Vande Bharat Express, also known as Train 18, is the fastest engine-less train of India. The train is set to be flagged off on February 15, 2019, from New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be flagging off the train on the New Delhi- Varanasi route. Vande Bharat Express is the first ever engine-less train of India. Manufactured by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai, this train is the first-of-its-kind to be manufactured in India. The [...]Read More

February 7, 2019
Vande Bharat Express

  Built over a span of eighteen months, Vande Bharat Express is part of “Make in India” initiative – a proud badge on Indian sleeves. Being subjected to trials in the later part of 2018, Vande Bharat Express managed to reach the speed of 180 kmph, becoming the country’s fastest. Even operating at 160 kmph, it can outpace Shatabdi Express by 30 kmph. The unit cost was disclosed to be ₹100 crore for the first [...]Read More

September 22, 2016
Cabinet Approves Early Union Budget, Merger of Rail Budget

In what can be seen as doing away with a practice that has been in vogue since the colonial era (92 years to be precise), Indian Government has opted to merge union and railway budgets. This also means that from now on there is no need to have different Votes on Account, and Appropriation Bills and this will save plenty of time as well. Incidentally, this is one reform that a lot of experts had [...]Read More

February 25, 2016
Railway Budget 2016 Highlights

The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who had admitted that the 2016 Railway Budget is going to be tougher than the last year, has been aware of the financial strain that the railways has come under. Calling the budget as the documentation of the journey of transforming, Prabhu added that the core objective is to make Indian Railways “an engine of employment generation and economic growth at national level” Read: Merger of Railway Budget with Union [...]Read More

February 21, 2016
India’s First Railway University

India’s 1st Railway University to Come up in Vadodara, Gujarat Railways were first set up in India in 1853 by the British administration. The first stretch to be covered by the rail network in the country was between Mumbai and Thane. The key purposes of facilitating such a major infrastructural development were facilitation of administration, enabling the modern postal network, and facilitating transport of commodities for trade by the British. Coming from these modest beginnings, [...]Read More

February 26, 2015
Railway Budget 2015 Highlights

Suresh Prabhu was perhaps the most important individual in the country today as he presented the rail budget for the 2015-16 fiscal. There were some areas that attracted rather keen interest such as rates of freight and passenger fare. One also needed to keep in mind the critical financial condition of the railways (it is suffering from paucity of funds). Prabhu also needed to make sure that there were some proposals in his budget that [...]Read More

July 7, 2014
Expectations from Indian Rail Budget

Talks are doing rounds that a ‘major makeover’ is expected from the upcoming Railway Budget on 8 July. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already sounded the clarion by hinting at possible privatization of the sector. All eyes are now on Railways Minister Sadananda Gowda as he gets his act together to present his maiden rail budget in the Parliament. While there was widespread protest over train fare and freight hike, some consider it as the [...]Read More

June 22, 2014
Railway Fare Hike

Congress-led UPA government has given us so many price hikes in the last ten years. Continuing the same tradition Modi government has taken the decision of hike in railway fare and freight charges by 14.2% in all the classes and 6.5% respectively including the Fuel Adjustment Component (FAC). The FAC for passenger fare is 4.2% whereas for freight charges it is 1.5%. The FAC changes with the fluctuations in oil prices and revised once in every [...]Read More

October 5, 2013

India is the second-largest railway network in the world, the railways forming the arteries and veins of our country and being an integral part of national growth. However, the fact remains that the railways are a funds-starved sector of our country and some immediate refurbishment is necessary. Such a vast network, instead of being a consistent generator of revenue, is incurring steady losses, as is evident from the government’s estimate of a loss of Rs [...]Read More

September 19, 2013

For a third world country perforated with corruption, India is doing relatively well. But it’s hard to imagine our country without a few scams here and there, big and small. With almost a decade old Coalgate and Sand Mafia issues still unresolved the Government of India has caught yet another sucker punch, in the form of a scam involving the Indian Railways, the steel giant ESSAR and other iron ore related companies. Still baffled with [...]Read More

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