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  1. 1. Press Releases by Ministry of Railways, India Website: http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/ Press releases: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/pmreleases.aspx?mincode=23
  2. 2. 7/5/2014 Railways’ Revenue Earnings Data during the Month of April 2014 The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during April 2014 were Rs. 12064.46 crore compared to Rs. 11010.98 crore during the same period last year, registering an increase of 9.57 per cent. The total goods earnings in the month of April 2014 were Rs. 8204 crore compared to Rs. 7624 crore during the same period last year. The total passenger revenue earnings in April 2014 were Rs. 3406.76 crore compared to Rs. 2916.63 crore during the same period last year. The revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 324.64 crore during April 2014 compared to Rs. 302.16 crore during the same period last year. The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during April 2014 were 685.85 million compared to 695.00 million during the same period last year. In the suburban and non- suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during April 2014 were 361.74 million and 324.11 million compared to 371.60 million and 323.40 million during the same period last year. AKS/HK/BS
  3. 3. 2/5/2014 Data of Production Units During the Fiscal 2013-14 Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW), Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW), Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Rail Coach Factory (RCF) and Rail Wheel Factory (RWF) are the production units of Indian Railways. During the financial year 2013-14, CLW manufactured 264 electrical locomotives, DLW manufactured 304 diesel locomotives, ICF manufactured 1604 coaches, RCF manufactured 1550 coaches, RWF manufactured 188188 wheels and 77406 axles.
  4. 4. 23/4/2014 Mobile and Desktop APP on Windows 8.0 for National Train Enquiry System (NTES) Commenced A new mobile app and desktop app on Windows 8 platform for train enquiry as an enhancement to National Train Enquiry System (NTES) has been developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the IT wing of Indian Railways in consultation with and support from Microsoft. NTES is the backend system which provides information to the public about train running on near real time basis through various interfaces like nationwide unique rail enquiry number 139, website (www.trainenquiry.com), mobile interfaces, Touch Screens, face to face enquiry and Display Boards at stations. The NTES app is now available for download and public use from today onwards i.e. 23rd April 2014. As the first step the App has been started for Windows 8.0 and subsequently the app will be developed for other mobile platforms. A new interface of NTES website along with Mobile version was launched in September 2013 earlier which received wide appreciation by the travelling public and has been quite useful in meeting the requirements of passengers. A strong need was felt for launching the mobile app with richer user interface keeping in view the current technology trends and which can be downloaded on the device and comfortably made use for train running related enquiries. To download the app, go to windows store and search for NTES app. App will be listed. Select NTES app and click to install. Link also has been provided on NTES website (www.trainenquiry.com andenquiry.indianrail.gov.in) to download the app. The current Mobile application has the following main features:- “Spot your train” - This query offers information about a train. Current running status, expected time of arrival/expected time of departure (ETA/ETD) at the queried station can be easily known through this query. “Live Station” - This query has been given to replicate the display boards at station. One can see the trains expected to arrive/depart at any station in next 2 or 4 hours.
  5. 5. “Train Schedule”-This provides complete schedule of a train with all public stoppages enroute and schedule arrival/departure at the station, distance and day count. “Trains between Stations” - One can find out the list of all types of trains available between any two stations over Indian Railways. “Cancelled Trains” - This query displays all trains marked as cancelled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains which are cancelled through entire route as well as trains which are cancelled on partial route. “Rescheduled Trains” -This query displays all trains marked as rescheduled on Indian Railways. The option displays trains’ rescheduled timings. “Diverted Trains” – This query displays all trains marked as diverted on Indian Railways. CRIS, has constantly been involved in taking new initiatives and developing various applications for Railway users and interfaces for general public to provide quality information about train running and other services with enhanced user experiences. Member Traffic, Railway Board, Shri D.P.Pandey while reviewing the IT projects with MD/CRIS and other officers of Railway Board and CRIS on 22nd April, 2014 appreciated the Mobile app developed by CRIS and expressed his hope that the app will be well received by mobile users and will certainly add great value to the services. AKS/HK/BS
  6. 6. 22/4/2014 IRCON Signs MoU with Transparency International India Ircon International Limited, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Transparency International India (TII) for implementing Integrity Pact, here today. This MOU is aimed at maintaining complete transparency, integrity and accountability in all its major contracts and procurement. The MoU was signed by Shri Mohan Tiwari, CMD, IRCON, and Dr. S.K. Agarwal, Chairman, TII in the presence of senior officers of IRCON and TII. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Agarwal said that the Integrity Pact will not only ensure efficiency, but it also helps in building public trust and enhances the credibility of the organisation. So far, 47 PSUs have signed the Pact, he informed. Integrity Pact is a tool conceived by the Berlin-based Transparency International to fight corruption in public procurement through a voluntary agreement between a buyer and the prospective vendors/bidders, refraining both sides to exercise any corrupt influence on any aspect of the contract. In his address, Shri Tiwari said that the company has been voluntarily adopting all the Corporate Governance measures in its endeavour for transparency in public procurement, and implementing Integrity Pact is another step in this direction. HK/BS
  7. 7. 17/4/2014 Commodity-Wise Freight Revenue Earnings During Fiscal 2013-14 The Indian Railways have generated Rs. 93468.84 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during financial year 2013-14 as compared to Rs. 84791.33 crore during the corresponding period last year. Railways carried 1053.55 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during fiscal 2013-14 as compared to 1009.89 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year. During financial year 2013-14, Rs. 39987.15 crore came from transportation of 508.10 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 9163.67 crore from 124.25 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 8665.32 crore from 109.81 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 7894.39 crore from 54.38 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs. 5405.37 crore from 41.94 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 5805.33 crore from 38.55 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 4535.89 crore from 44.38 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 1560.81 crore from 17.33 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 4339.62 crore from 43.60 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 6111.29 crore from 71.21 million tonnes of other goods. HK/BS (Release ID :104871)
  8. 8. 15/4/2014 Portal ‘Railsaver’ to Improve Energy Efficiency on Indian Railways Inaugurated In a move to further improve energy efficiency on Indian Railways, a web based Electrical Energy Management System, RAILSAVER, developed by Centre of Railway Informatics System (CRIS), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Railways, was inaugurated by Shri Kul Bhushan, Member Electrical, Railway Board here today. He said that this portal will be very useful for Indian Railways in reducing carbon foot print which is very important for addressing the challenges of global warming and sustainability of our environment. He also stated that Indian Railways is determined to reduce the cost of electricity by adopting various means like procuring power through trading, bilateral arrangements etc. Shri Bhushan further stated that the portal RAILSAVER will provide a perfect IT based platform for energy consumption data which will pave the way for systematic collection, assimilation, interpretation and analysis of data in evolving future strategies for conceiving, implementing and further intensifying energy conservation efforts on Indian Railways. He also sought support of UNDP in linking of RAILSAVER web-site with other Railroad systems so that the best practices on energy efficiency, benchmarks for specific energy consumption etc. can be shared and adopted by amongst each other. The portal is a part of the project for “Improving Energy Efficiency in Indian Railway System” being executed by Indian Railways under programmatic framework of UNDP through Global Environmental Facility (GEF) funding of US $ 5.2 million. The project envisages defining framework for energy conservation initiatives on Indian Railway system by introduction of energy efficient technologies and adoption of various measures in traction and non-traction sub-sectors. Slew of measures like adoption of energy efficient luminaries and equipment, deployment of
  9. 9. new generation 3 phase energy efficient electric locomotives and electrical multiple units etc. have resulted into substantial savings in electricity consumption in the past. This portal will further facilitate in saving energy upto 15% by the year 2020 through improved energy efficiency measures as laid down in Railway‟s vision document. The project after implementation will be immensely helpful in creating awareness of energy efficiency measures, understanding importance of such measures, availability of knowledge bank on these measures, availability of training modules amongst many others. Ms. Suhas Kumar, MD/CRIS, Ms. Alexandra Solovieva, Dy. Country Head UNDP and Officers from Railway Board, UNDP, Northern Railway and CRIS also present on the occasion among others. (Kindly note: - photographs are also available on pib.nic.in} HK/BS
  10. 10. 11/4/2014 Indian Railways Carry 1053.54 Million Tonnes of Freight During Fiscal 2013-14 Indian Railways have carried 1053.54 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during the financial year 2013-14. The freight carried shows an increase of 43.68 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 1009.86 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year. During the month of March 2014, the revenue earning freight traffic carried by Indian Railways was 100.49 million tonnes. There is an increase of 2.15 million tonnes over the actual freight traffic of 98.34 million tonnes carried by the Indian Railways during the same period last year. AKS/HK/BS/BD
  11. 11. 11/4/2014 Railway Revenue Earnings during Fiscal 2013-2014 The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during the financial year 2013-14 were Rs. 140485.02 crore compared to Rs. 121831.65 crore during the same period last year. The total goods earnings crore during fiscal 2013-14 were Rs. 94925.02 core compare to Rs. 82852.54 crore during the same period last year. The total passenger revenue earnings during the financial year 2013-14 were Rs. 37478.03 crore compared to Rs. 31896.22 crore during the same period last year. The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 3818.04 crore during fiscal 2013-14 compared to Rs. 3137.92 crore during the same period last year. The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during the financial year 2013- 14 were 8535.00 million compared to 8602.12 million during the same period last year. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during fiscal 2013-14 were 4549.85 million and 3985.15 million compared to 4473.38 million and 4128.74 million during the same period last year. AKS/HCK/BS
  12. 12. 24/3/2014 Indian Railways Carry 953.05 Million Tonnes of Freight During April- February 2014 Indian Railways have carried 953.05 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during 1st April 2013 to 28th February 2014. The freight carried shows an increase of 41.63 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 911.44 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year. During the month of February 2014, the revenue earning freight traffic carried by Indian Railways was 86.93 million tonnes. There is an increase of 3.32 million tonnes over the actual freight traffic of 83.61 million tonnes carried by the Indian Railways during the same period last year. AKS/HK/BS/BD
  13. 13. 24/3/2014 Railways’ Commodity-Wise Freight Revenuedata for April- February 2013 The Railways have generated Rs. 84379.49 crore of revenue earnings from commodity-wise freight traffic during 1st April, 2013 to 28th February, 2014 as compared to Rs. 76420.59 crore during the corresponding period last year,. Railways carried 953.05 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April 2013 to February 2014 as compared to 911.42 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period last year. Out of the total earnings of Rs. 7878.48 crore from commodity-wise freight traffic during the month of February 2014, Rs. 3326.42 crore came from transportation of 41.66 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 774.22 crore from 10.33 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 779.34 crore from 9.66 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 732.33 crore from 4.95 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs. 429.90 crore from 3.17 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 494.73 crore from 3.16 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 317.56 crore from 2.93 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 123.21 crore from 1.39 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 355.30 crore from 3.63 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 545.47 crore from 6.05 million tonnes of other goods. AKS/HK/BS/BD
  14. 14. 24/3/2014 Railway Revenue Earnings Data for April – February 2014 The total approximate earnings of Indian Railways on originating basis during 1st April 2013 to 28th February 2014 were Rs. 126028.54 crore compared to Rs. 112017.08 crore during the same period last year. The total goods earnings crore during 1st April 2013 – 28th February 2014 were Rs. 85682.76 core compare to Rs. 77368.52 crore during 1st April 2012 – 28th February 2013. The total passenger revenue earnings during 1st April 2013 – 28th February 2014 were Rs. 33755.46 crore compared to Rs. 28915.09 crore during the same period last year. The approximate revenue earnings from other coaching amounted to Rs. 3480.28 crore during April 2013 - February 2014 compared to Rs. 2851.90 crore during the same period last year. The total approximate numbers of passengers booked during 1st April 2013 – 28th February 2014 were 7710.11 million compared to 7790.46 million during the same period last year. In the suburban and non-suburban sectors, the numbers of passengers booked during April 2013 - February 2014 were 4168.82 million and 3541.29 million compared to 4095.94 million and 3694.52 million during the same period last year. AKS/HK/BS/BD
  15. 15. 28/2/2014 Setting up of a new rail coach manufacturing unit at Kolar, Karnataka The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for setting up a new rail coach manufacturing unit at Kolar, Karnataka to manufacture 500 coaches per annum at an estimated cost of Rs 1460.92 cr.(excluding cost of land) with active participation of State Government. The Ministry of Railways will finance 50 percent of the cost and the Government of Karnataka shall provide the required land, free of cost as well as meet the remaining 50 percent of the project completion cost with escalation. Land to the extent of about 1118.38 acres shall be provided free of cost by the Government of Karnataka.The proposed plant shall help Indian Railways in ensuring timely availability of passenger coaches to meet the increasing demands of passenger transportation.
  16. 16. 20/2/2014 Use of CNG by Railways in Diesel Engines Railways have tested a kit for partial running of DEMU (Diesel Electric Multiple Unit) engines on CNG. One such DEMU DPC has been developed and running at Shakurbasti diesel shed. One DEMU DPC is already in commercial service with CNG engine. The ratio of cost variation between CNG and diesel run engines per 100 kms i.e. saving in using CNG with 20 per cent diesel substitution as compared to 100 per cent diesel operations in a DPC at present is 13.4 per cent approximately. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today. AKS/HK/BS/BD
  17. 17. 18/2/2014 Commodity-Wise Freight Revenue by Railways Goes Up by 10.37 Per Cent During April-January 2014 The Railways have generated Rs. 76501.01 crore of revenue earnings from commodity- wise freight traffic during 1st April, 2013 to 31st January, 2014 as compared to Rs. 69313.47 crore during the corresponding period of last year, registering an increase of 10.37 per cent. Railways carried 866.14 million tonnes of commodity-wise freight traffic during April 2013- January 2014 as compared to 827.82 million tonnes carried during the corresponding period of last year, registering an increase of 4.63 per cent. Out of the total earnings of Rs.8795.90 crore from commodity-wise freight traffic during the month of January 2014, Rs. 3773.98 crore came from transportation of 46.55 million tonnes of coal, followed by Rs. 866.90 crore from 11.39 million tonnes of iron ore for exports, steel plants and for other domestic user, Rs. 865.78 crore from 10.65 million tonnes of cement, Rs. 779.39 crore from 5.03 million tonnes of foodgrains, Rs. 471.43 crore from 3.56 million tonnes of petroleum oil and lubricant (POL), Rs. 525.56 crore from 3.49 million tonnes of Pig iron and finished steel from steel plants and other points, Rs. 378.34 crore from 3.61 million tonnes of fertilizers, Rs. 144.02 crore from 1.38 million tonnes of raw material for steel plants except iron ore, Rs. 380.57 crore from 3.91 million tonnes by container service and Rs. 609.93 crore from 6.83 million tonnes of other goods. AKS/HK/BS/BD (Release ID :103786)
  18. 18. 12/2/2014 Construction of a new broad gauge line between Ajmer and Sawai Madhopur via Tonk The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a new broad gauge line between Ajmer and Sawai Madhopur via Tonk in Rajasthan. The total length of the new line will be 165 kms. The total anticipated cost of Rs.873.71 crore for this project will be funded 50 percent through budgetary support and 50 percent through the Government of Rajasthan. Land will be provided free of cost by the Government of Rajasthan. The line will be completed in eight years during the 13th Plan period. The new line will cater to the travelling needs of the people of the area and carrying of goods on Ajmer-Sawai Madhopur via Tonk. It will also provide infrastructure support to the backward districts of Ajmer, Tonk and Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan as also an alternate route between Chittaurgarh and Sawai Madhopur on the Delhi - Ahmedabad route. SH/VK (Release ID :103635)
  19. 19. 21/2/2014 Construction of a new rail line between Gadag and Wadi in Karnataka The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a new rail line between Gadag and Wadi in Karnataka. The total length of the new line will be 252.5 kms. The total anticipated cost of Rs.1922.14 crore for this project will be funded 50 percent through budgetary support and 50 percent through the Government of Karnataka. Land will be provided free of cost by the Government of Karnataka and the line will be completed in six years during the 13th Plan period. The new rail line would provide a direct shorter route for the people of the area and further to Hyderabad/Secunderabad in Andhra Pradesh. Besides the travelling needs of the people, various cement, steel and power plants in the area would get the necessary rail link for transportation of their raw material and finished products. Gadag, Koppal, Raichur and Gulbarga areas of Karnataka would also be covered by this new rail line. SH/VK (Release ID :103630)
  20. 20. 12/2/2014 Construction of a new broad gauge line between Pirpainti-Jasidih (Mohanpur) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the construction of a new broad gauge line between Pirpainti-Jasidih (Mohanpur) in Jharkhand. The total anticipated cost of Rs.915.96 crore for this project will be funded 50 percent through budgetary support and 50 percent through the Government of Jharkhand. The line will be completed in five years during the 13th Plan period. The rail link between Pirpainti and Jasidih is necessary for providing direct connectivity to business centres lying in the backward regions of Jharkhand and Bihar such as Pirpainti, Hansdiha, Godda and Jasidih. The rail link will also serve the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas of Jharkhand. **** SH/VK (Release ID :103625)
  21. 21. 12/2/2014 Steps Taken to Increase Freight Traffic A target of loading 1,047 million tonnes during 2013-14 was set for Indian Railways and which will surpass the Budget estimate. In order to increase the share of rail borne traffic, an innovative “Empty Flow Discount Scheme” is being formulated and will be implemented shortly. For further increasing throughput on the existing network, carrying additional traffic and bolstering freight earnings, universalisation of all routes on Indian Railways as „CC+9+1‟ (Carrying Capacity+9 tonne+1 tonne) is being planned. Container traffic has witnessed rapid growth in the last few years. For facilitating seamless transport of imported cargo, some of the restrictions on movement of imported commodities through containers have been eased. Further, to increase throughput of container traffic, the permissible carrying capacity of 20 feet containers has been enhanced by 4 tonnes by necessary upgrade of rolling stock. There is a vast potential to be tapped in the area of parcel traffic. An aggressive strategy has been evolved for attracting more such traffic to rail. Parcel trains will be run from nominated parcel terminals which have been already notified for achieving the above, and Special Parcel Trains will be run on scheduled timings, so that time-sensitive cargo can be attracted. A new policy on parcels will be formulated which shall also encourage transportation of milk across the country. A new concept of hub and spoke for parcel business will be introduced. Third party warehousing in Special Parcel Terminals is also envisaged. MKP/SK/IK (Release ID :103539)
  22. 22. 12/2/2014 Financial Performance of Railways in 2013-14 Freight Earning Target Increased to RS. 94000 crore Given the promising trend of loading, the target has been scaled up to about 1052 million tonnes from the budget target of 1047 million tonnes. However, the average lead of freight traffic is falling, and is likely to be 622 km against budgeted 644.5 km. Yet, the Railways is confident of surpassing the freight earnings target which has been increased to Rs 94,000 crore from Rs. 93,554 crore in Budget Estimates. Considering the trend of passenger earnings, the revised target has been kept at Rs 37,500 crore. There has been continuing strong inflationary pressure on the input costs, especially the cost of fuel, both HSD Oil and electrical energy. There has also been a higher than expected burden on account of significant fresh recruitment in many safety categories, additional dearness allowance for Railway employees and dearness relief for Railway pensioners. Yet, as a result of stringent and close monitoring, the increase under Ordinary Working Expenses has been kept at a modest Rs 560 crore only. However, pension allocation requirements have gone up by a more significant Rs 2,000 crore. Dividend payment to General Revenues has also gone up by Rs 1,591crore with the increase in the rate from 4% to 5%. Considering the trend of earnings and expenditure, the revised plan outlay stands at Rs 59,359 crore. Operating Ratio of Railways is likely to be 90.8% as against budgeted target of 87.8%. Continuing the happy trend of 2012-13, and in a marked improvement from the two earlier years, Railways will end the current year with surplus, and fund balances would increase from Rs 2,391 crore at the beginning of current fiscal to Rs 8,018 crore at the end of March, 2014. This is primarily attributable to strict fiscal discipline enforced by the organisation. MKP/SK/IK (Release ID :103538)
  23. 23. 12/2/2014 Cost Sharing of Railway Projects With State Governments To catalyse creation of Rail infrastructure for overall national growth, State Governments of Karnataka, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Haryana have agreed to share cost of several Rail projects in their respective areas. While efforts of the government to provide precious financial resources for growth of Indian Railways would continue, the phenomenal investment needs of rail infrastructure cannot be met entirely through Gross Budgetary Support, Internal Generation of Railways and Market Borrowing. The Railways have therefore started targeting private investment in rail infrastructure to bridge the gap. **** MKP/AD/DB (Release ID :103533)
  24. 24. 12/2/2014 Use of Information Technology in Railways Information Technology has revolutionized the Railways customer interface over the last few years and will continue. Some of the initiatives that would be taken are - - proliferation of cash accepting Automatic Ticket Vending Machines; - Ticketing on mobile phones in the unreserved segment; - PNR status update to passengers through system generated SMS; - An update for train running information; Online booking of retiring rooms at all important stations; - Online booking of meals on trains for selected en-route stations; - Introduction of e-forwarding note and electronic transmission of railway receipts for freight customers, which will enable users to carry out freight business with Railways from the comfort of their homes and offices; and · Computerisation of claims settlement process on Indian Railways. ***** MKP/SK/IK (Release ID :103532)
  25. 25. 12/2/2014 New Factories and Specially Designed Coaches Three new factories viz. Rail Wheel Plant in district Chhapra, Rail Coach Factory at Rae Bareli and Diesel Component Factory at Dankuni have become functional and commenced production during 2013-14. Specially designed coaches for adverse weather conditions have been inducted for rail travel in Kashmir Valley. Also corrosion resistant and lighter wagons with capability to carry extra pay-load and higher speed potential up to 100 kmph have been developed. **** MKP/AD/DB (Release ID :103531)
  26. 26. 12/2/2014 Expansion of Railway Network in 2013-14 During the year 2013-14 the Railways have completed 1,532 km of New Line, Doubling and Gauge Conversion against a revised target of 1,525 km. Sections commissioned in 2013-14 include: New Lines a. Karur – Salem (85 Km) b. Koderma – Nawadih (34 Km) c. Lalitpur – Tikamgarh (51.5 Km) d. New Morinda to Sanewal (54 Km) thereby complete commissioning of Chandigarh – Ludhiana e. Qazigund – Banihal (19 Km) f. Kadur – Chikmaglur (46 Km) Gauge Conversion: a. Hanumangarh – Sriganganagar (64Km) b. Manamadurai – Virudunagar (67 Km) c. Darum Madhepura – Murliganj (22 Km) d. Kolar – Chickballapur (85 Km) e. Rangiya – Rangapara North – Dekargaon (145 Km) Doubling: a. Panskura – Shyamchak (27 km) 3rd Line b. Muri – Tulin (1.5 km) Doubling 2nd Bridge over River Subernarekha c. Jirat – Ambika Kalna (20.23 km) d. Magrahat – Diamond Harbour (15 km) e. Kursela-Karagola (17 km) f. Katereah-Kosi cabin (4km) g. Madur – Mandya (19 km) h. Birur – Ajjampur (18km) MKP/AD/DB (Release ID :103529)
  27. 27. 12/2/2014 Extension of Rail Connectivity to The North Eastern Region The Railways is now on course to convert the strategically important 510 km long Rangiya - Murkongselek Metre Gauge line into Broad Gauge within this financial year. The Capital of Arunanchal Pradesh would soon be on rail map in this financial year, as Harmuti- Naharlagun newline is expected to be commissioned shortly. The state of Meghalaya is also all set to come on the Railway map in this financial year, as Dudhnoi – Mehendipathar newline is getting completed by March 2014. **** MKP/AD/DB (Release ID :103528)
  28. 28. 12/2/2014 Gross traffic Receipts in 2014-15 Projected at RS. 1.6 Lakh Crore Anticipating a healthier growth of economy, the freight traffic target is proposed at 1,101 million tonnes, an increment of 49.7 million tonnes over the current years’ revised target of about 1052 million tonnes. The Budget Estimates for goods, passenger, other coaching and sundry other earnings have been kept at Rs. 1,05,770 crore, Rs. 45,255 crore, Rs 4,200 crore and Rs. 5,500 crore respectively in 2014-15. The Gross Traffic Receipts have been projected at Rs. 1,60,775 crore. Ordinary Working Expenses have been proposed at Rs. 1,10,649 crore, which is Rs. 13,589 crore higher than the Revised Estimates for the current year. This will take care of additional requirements on account of fresh recruitment, increase in dearness allowance rates, increase in fuel bill, higher lease charges payable to IRFC and general inflationary increases. Pension outgo has been budgeted at Rs. 27,000 crore, as against Revised Estimates, 2013-14 of Rs. 24,000 crore. Total Working Expenses are budgeted at Rs. 1,44,199 crore as against Rs. 1,27,260 crore in Revised Estimates, 2013-14. This will leave a Net Revenue before dividend of Rs. 19,655 crore, and operating ratio of 89.8%. Dividend payable to General Revenues is estimated at Rs. 9,117 crore. It is estimated that at the end of 2014-15 the balance under the Railway Funds will be Rs 12,728 crore as against Rs 8018 crore in Revised Estimates, 2013-14. Annual Plan 2014-15 The Annual Plan 2014-15 envisages investment of Rs. 64,305 crore as against Budget Estimates 2013-14 of Rs. 63,363 crore and Revised Estimates for 2013-14 of Rs. 59,359 crore. The Budgetary Support from General Revenues has been proposed at Rs. 30,223 crore MKP/SK/IK (Release ID :103527)
  29. 29. 10/2/2014 Indian Railways Carry 866.14 Million Tonnes of Freight During April-January 2014 Indian Railways have carried 866.14 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during 1st April 2013 to 31st January 2014. The freight carried shows an increase of 38.35 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 827.79 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.63 per cent. During the month of January 2014, the revenue earning freight traffic carried by Indian Railways was 96.40 million tonnes. There is an increase of 3.83 million tonnes over the actual freight traffic of 92.57 million tonnes carried by the Indian Railways during the same period last year, showing an increase of 4.14 per cent. AKS/HK/BS/BD (Release ID :103287)
  30. 30. 7/2/2014 Ongoing Railway Projects in North Eastern Region Projects important from strategic viewpoints in Jammu & Kashmir and North Eastern Region (NER) or developmental projects which result in greater integration of these regions with the rest of India can be categorized as “National Projects”. The concept is not extendable to other regions of the country. A uniform funding pattern for all those projects is to be followed as per directives issued by Prime Minister‟s Office. As on 01.04.2013, there are 20 ongoing New Line, Gauge Conversion and Doubling projects in NER. Out of these 20 projects, 10 are National Projects. Total length of ongoing projects is 2919 km being executed at a cost of Rs. 38, 360 crore. The total outlay for executing these ongoing projects of NER is Rs. 2, 157 crore during 2013-14. After the intervention of Hon‟ble Prime Minister, an additional allocation of Rs. 850 crore has been given to National Projects of NER in 2013-14. This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. AKS/HK/BS/BD (Release ID :103230)

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