"Today is going to be a historic day for the Indian Railways when Tejas Express, which boasts of ultra-modern amenities like on board infotainment, wi-fi, CCTV, fire and smoke detection facilities, tea/coffee vending machine etc will make its maiden run from Mumbai," D K Sharma, general manager of the Central Railway, said.
The public transporter has been using information technology extensively for the past three decades. As a result, a large amount of data is available for aspects like passenger ticketing and freight operations among others.
Tenders will be floated shortly to install about 19,000 high definition CCTV cameras at 983 stations across the country to ensure round-the-clock security to passengers including women.
The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), a railway PSU, has been entrusted with the task of undertaking the final survey for rail connectivity to Chardham - Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath - through Dehradun and Karanprayag.
Prior to taking over as the ER general manager, Rao was working as chief electrical engineer in South Eastern Railway.
The End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) equipment is used to establish communication between the locomotive driver and the last wagon of the train to ensure that the train is running with all coaches/wagons as a complete unit.
There are about 2.25 lakh wagons, 50,000 coaches and 9,000 locomotives in the railways. Railways have sanctioned Rs 57 crore for the first phase of rollout of the system.
The previously unreported figures will make uncomfortable reading for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the son of a train station tea seller who set out plans to overhaul the world's fourth largest rail network after he took power in 2014.
Equipped with comfortable reclining chairs, the 120- seater AC coach will have large automatic food and tea/cold drink vending machines for passengers.
The Indian Railways is developing the new app to work as a full-fledged inquiry system providing information on arrivals, departures, delays, cancellations, platform number, running status and berth availability.
A senior Railway Ministry official said scrap generation has declined due to better utilisation of assets and completion of gauge conversion process and the figures have come down accordingly.
"Railways worst operating ratio in 2016-17. Previous worst in 2000-01. Both under BJP governments! Despite well- meaning minister. Problem of Railways is deeper. It cannot be run as a department of government," he said on Twitter.
Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES), a railways PSU, has secured its largest export order from Sri Lanka Railways for the supply of 10 broad gauge diesel locomotives and six DMU (diesel multiple units) train sets.
The contract agreement was signed between Bhel and Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF).
With 100 percent E-tenders and E-auctions already assimilated into the system, railways are further planning to build on these initiatives to achieve seamless flow of material, finances and information.
Contrary to its claim of highest revenue, the Indian railways may have missed its FY17 target with earnings coming almost 4 percent lower, as per the final data.
Hasina arrived here today on a four-day visit to India during which agreements in different areas, including the rail sector, are expected to be firmed up, strengthening Indo- Bangla ties.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said during Question Hour that a pilot scheme in this regard has already been launched under which such groups are selling their products to the passengers on trains.
The railways has decided to get rid of "deadwood" from service by compulsorily retiring employees on the basis of performance review.
The Railways will go for global shopping to acquire high speed locomotives with a Rs 500 crore project to run trains at 200 km per hour on Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Kolkata routes.
Railways is incurring losses on passenger operations every year, Lok Sabha was told today.
Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) has declared highest ever interim dividend of Rs 340 cr for the 2016-17 fiscal.
Indian Railways is considering ending state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd's (SAIL) virtual monopoly on supplying steel for standard rail tracks, opening up annual purchases worth up to USD 700 million to the private sector, people close to the matter told Reuters.
"Railways has agreed to continue to purchase 500 MW power from RGPPL power plant from April, 1, 2017 for a period of five years," Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to Lok Sabha today.