Buoyed by its success with senior citizens, the Indian Railways is set to extend its ‘Give it up’ scheme to include other concession holders to offset its nearly Rs 33,000-crore subsidy burden in annual passenger fares.
The Indian Railways have, from time-to-time, introduced various facilities for senior citizens. Right from concession on ticket fare to reserved seats, the railways has taken care of elderly in a systematic manner.
Indian Railways and IRCTC operate several luxury trains in India- namely Maharajas’ Express, Palace on Wheels, The Deccan Odyssey and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels. These luxury trains give passengers an experience of grand royalty while they explore the rich cultural heritage of India.
Soon rail commuters will be able to buy tickets using their debit and credit cards from the automatic ticket vending machines (ATVM). A senior railway official said at present, the retrofitted point-of-sale (PoS) devices are being tested by the Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) and it will be installed on ATVMs. The CR has not set any deadline as by when the terminals will be installed.
INDIAN RAILWAY Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and Ambala Division of Northern Railway were fined by the UT Consumer Forum after a Chandigarh resident complained of an insect in her food packet on the Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express.
At 98.5 percent for financial year 2017-18, the Indian Railways is set to communicate its worst ever operating ratio to Comptroller Auditor General (CAG). The Union Budget in February had announced a revised operating ratio, a measure of its performance, of 96 percent.
Wearable tech has found a key use — to make Indian Railways safer. To ensure those responsible for the upkeep of tracks are doing their duty, railway authorities have come up with a wearable GPS device, resembling a fitness band, for track maintainers, earlier known as gangmen.
The special CBI court granted more time to the CBI for the procurement of sanctions against accused of IRCTC hotel tender scam, including former Railway minister Lalu Yadav, his wife Rabri Devi and son Tejaswi Yadav and others.
Railways’ operating ratio, the direct indicator of working of the government-run transporter could settle at 98.5 per cent for 2017-2018, recording its worst performance ever since 2000-2001 when it was 98.3 per cent, an official said.
To clear the summer rush of extra passengers, the Central Railway will run 10 summer special trains on between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Mumbai and Varanasi. The train tickets, however, will have different pricing.