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IRSDC, Indian Railways’ 9-year-old SPV, to be dissolved following Centre’s recommendation

All general managers have been instructed to begin formalities for closure of IRSDC New Delhi:  The Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation (IRSDC), a special purpose vehicle by the Indian Railways for development of its stations, will now be dissolved following recommendations from the Centre. The Indian Railway Board has issued a letter to this effect...

Indian Railways to replace pantry cars with AC-3 tier coaches

The Indian Railways is contemplating to remove pantry cars from 300 long-distance trains and replace them with an additional AC-3 tier coach once the normal train services resume post-COVID-19. The move is expected to garner additional revenues to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore for the railways. It would also help in clearing the waiting...

Private train operations to begin by April 2023: Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav

Private train operations in the country will begin by April 2023, and the ticket fares in these trains will be competitive with airfares on similar routes, the Railways said Thursday. Addressing a press conference online, Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said that private players in passenger train operations will mean a quantum jump in technology...

Govt snatching lifeline from poor, says Rahul Gandhi on railways’ privatisation plans

After the Indian Railways kickstarted plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sharpened his attack on the Narendra Modi government saying the government was taking away the lifeline of the country from the poor, and that the people would give a befitting reply. “Rail...

For the first time in history, Indian Railways achieve 100% punctuality

Indian Railways has said for the first time in the history of the Railways, all trains achieved 100 per cent punctuality on July 1. No trains were delayed among the 201 that run on this day, said the Indian Railways. In the ongoing lockdown, Indian Railways is running on a restricted capacity with all regular...

Railways refund Rs 1,885 cr to passengers for ticket cancellations due to lockdown

The Indian Railways said it has refunded Rs 1,885 crore to passengers who booked tickets during the lockdown period and whose tickets were cancelled. The Indian Railways had suspended its regular passenger train services during the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus in India. “As the trains were cancelled en...

Piyush Goyal lashes out at Maharashtra govt for not providing passengers’ info for Shramik Special trains

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal lashed out at the Maharashtra government once again on Tuesday, accusing it of not providing information about passengers, resulting in many Shramik Special trains, being used to ferry migrant workers stranded by the COVID-19 lockdown, not running. Goyal tweeted that the Railways had planned 145 trains for Tuesday but only 13...

Indian Railways suspends services till May 3 after PM’s announcement

The Indian Railways has extended the suspension of its passenger services till May 3, senior officials said Tuesday. The decision was taken after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the lockdown imposed nationwide to fight the coronavirus would be extended till May 3, they said. All passenger services had been cancelled till midnight on April...

Railways ferries 20-litre camel milk from Rajasthan to Mumbai for autistic child, earns praise

In a noble deed, the Indian Railways transported 20 litres of camel milk to a family in Mumbai after a woman tweeted about its non-availability for her three-and-a-half-year-old autistic child, who is allergic to goat, cow and buffalo milk. This good deed of the railways came to light on Saturday when senior IPS officer Arun...

No plans yet to resume services from April 15: Indian Railways

The Indian Railways on Thursday denied all media reports that claimed confirmed decision has been made to resume ‘train operations’ from April 15, after the 21-day nationwide lockdown ends. In a statement, the national transporter said that the railway ministry has not issued any protocol as yet as falsely mentioned in the reports. It said...

12 railway passengers found infected with coronavirus

At least 12 people who have been infected with the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 travelled in trains between March 13 and 16, the railways said Saturday. It asked people to postpone all journeys to avoid contracting the highly contagious virus. “Railways has found some cases of Coronavirus infected passengers in trains which makes train travel...

Janta Curfew: No trains from midnight to 10 pm on Sunday

No passenger train will originate from any railway station in the country from midnight to 10 pm on Sunday in view of the “Janta curfew” announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a railway order issued on Friday. It stated that mail and express trains will also stop services from 4 am to 10...