Considering its size, scale of operations and importance in the country’s transport infrastructure, the Railway Ministry got a political lightweight at the helm when the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday instructed officials from the coal, power and railway ministries to “keep a close vigil on the power production and supply situation” in the country.
The New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express will now halt at Asansol station, around 200 km from Kolkata, after Union Minister Babul Supriyo had requested the then Railway minister Suresh Prabhu to introduce a stoppage at his constituency.
In all likelihood, an official announcement on the creation of a railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters will come soon, maybe by the end of this month or early next month.
India will build a strategic railway link between Raxaul in Bihar and Kathmandu in Nepal to facilitate people-to-people contact and bulk movement of goods.
Railway employees’ union has called for a 72-hour relay hunger strike across the country from tomorrow against non-implementation of the provisions of the seventh pay commission and the attempted privatisation of the national transporter.
Officials of Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway said the delays would continue for another month.
The passenger reservation system of the Northern Railway, the North Central Railway, the North Western Railway and the North Eastern Railway will remain temporarily suspended for around three hours on Saturday and Sunday this week, an official statement said on Friday.
In a drive against touts, Central Railway found a few unauthorised software related to e-tickets being operated, which allowed unauthorised agents to bypass normal queues and thereby make illegal gains.
Navapur, a nagar panchayat in Maharashtra, has a railway station that doesn’t just belong to one state – half of the station is also located in Gujarat.