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    For a long time one of the most coveted posts in the Indian Cabinet has been the Railway Minister's post. This is one post where the most poppulous decisions can be made without any thought to the condition of the exchequesr, the travelling condition of the current travellers, the current condition of the rolling stock, the antiquated signalling system and the condition of the tracks.

    The only thing certain about a Railway Minister is that every year he/she will announce dozens of new trains( mostly from his constituency-- to hell with the rest of the country)ozens of new projects. Come the next budget similar annoucements will be made but there will be no mention of the status of the projects announced in the previous years.

    Admittedly IR is doing a Yeoman's job in transporting millions of people everyday at comparitively very cheap prices. But is this the only job of the railways. New Technologies have been absorbed very slowly. The growth in Number of Kilometers of Track has been very slow. Parts of India, J&K, North East and some parts of South India are still very poorly connected by Trains.

    More people die on unmanned crossings daily than they die in Railway crashes. After thousands of such crashes, dozens of expert committees, crores of Rupees spent the situation is still the same.
     
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    Analysis of the mess

    Off the rails

    The writer was the first MD of the Container Corporation of India
     
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    12 people run over by train in Haryana

    The Hindu : Front Page : 12 people run over by train in Haryana
     
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    Railways to track trains through satellite

    Railways to track trains through satellite

    The railways on Thursday approved a scheme to track trains through satellite with the twin objective of keeping passengers informed about train movement and reaching information technology to villages.

    The scheme was approved after a meeting between Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and chairman of the Expert Committee on Information and Communications Technology Sam Pitroda, who maintained that the project had immense potential to increase the scope of e-governance and link villages with computers.

    Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur and Impex Infotech Limited will design the Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation (SIMRAN) system together.

    The system will provide passengers travelling in the train information regarding its current location, speed, next destination, and approximate time to next destination.

    The information will also be displayed on the station’s enquiry display board and be available with the person attending telephone enquiry for passengers who stand harassed for want of information about the delay in arrival and departure. Anyone can avail of this information through Short Message Service (SMS).

    Moreover, the railways intend to earn revenue through advertisements and other entertainment on display boards inside coaches.

    The railways currently have a network of 50,000 km long optical fibre and plan an addition 15,000 km. It uses only 10 percent of the laid capacity and intends to put the rest to good use with the help of satellite.
     
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    The journey of Indian Railways never ceases to amaze me. Not too many years ago, I was a kid traveling by Railways with my parents & I still remember the pathetic condition then. Dirty bogies, unhygienic washrooms, arrogant TC etc. And when I see the condition today, it is no less than a miracle. The focus has shifted to the end customer, treating them as ‘clients’ & Railways is striving hard to achieve client satisfaction. And IRCTC website is probably the best I have ever seen, considering that millions of people visit that daily. The feature mentioned above is just another feather in the cap.

    However, I do wish to see those bullet trains running all over India. The speed has not improved much in these years & continues to be at a substandard level. I wish to see a speed of at least 150 km/hr for a normal train in coming future.
     
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    This is a very interesting development. It will go a long way in increasing passenger convenience, especially on thelong distance train routes. Hope the railways and Isro keep up the good work !:india:
     
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    Homework for Mamta

    Finally it seems that the Prime Minister has had to remind to Mamta Banerjee that she is the Railway Minister and not the Shadow CM of West Bengal.

    Due to the politics involved successive Railway Ministers have treated it as tool to further their political careers. Railways have been moving without any direction for so many years. PMO's office has now asked the Railway Minster and the Railway Board for a status report on Indian Railways. Knowing Mamta she will fight hard to preven any step that she percieves will be unpopular with the common man, and ultimately harm her image.

    Truant Mamata gets Rly homework from PM

     
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    Mounting Pressure on Mamta

    With the recent spate of accidents in the IR, the pressure seems to be mounting on Mamta Banerjee. With her continued absentism from the Cabinet meetings, she has even missed cabinet meeting where the Agenda was on india Railways.

    She is only focussed on the 2011 elections in West Bengal and as a result many vital decisions are pending in the ministry. It is high time that the PM pulls her up and makes her accountable for the ministry she is running today, and not the perceived CMs chair that she is day dreaming about.

    Rail mishaps mount heat on `absent' Mamata

    Rail mishaps mount heat on `absent' Mamata
     
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    The list of forgotten projects by the Railways has no end. The latest to come to light is the Rail Terminal Project at Sankrail West Bengal. Here 700 acres of land was forcibly occupied by the Govt. in 1981 but after 28 years the land lies barren with just a small shed build by the Railways.

    LAND ACQUISITION - Bengal villagers wait for rail terminal continues 28 yrs on

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    Our beloved Railway Minister sure knows how to keep the media glare on her. In her latest attempt she has brought out a white paper on the IR during the last 5 years when Lalu P Yadav was the Ralway minister.

    NOt surprisingly the white paper is quite critical of the functioning of the IR under Lalu but also doubts have been cast over the accounting practices followed.

    Mamata dismisses Lalu Prasad's claims on Indian Railways' turnaround

     
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    Lalu squirms as white paper drills holes in his claims - India - The Times of India

    Lalu squirms as white paper drills holes in his claims
    TNN 19 December 2009, 02:42am IST

    NEW DELHI: The courtesy was cold comfort for the blow that followed. Just after Lok Sabha met on Friday morning, a call went out to RJD leader Lalu Prasad and his close aide Prem Chand Gupta that the white paper on railways was being tabled in the House.

    The RJD boss hardly needed to put his thinking cap on to figure out what was in store. The call from PMO was a prelude to a scathing attack on Lalu's five years as railway minister during UPA-1, a harsh indictment of his carefully scripted "turnaround" story and which punched a hole in his attempts to present himself as pro-development.

    The warning may have been meant to help Lalu brace for the shock but the political implications of the savaging of his record in office
    were soon being discussed avidly. Even though Congress managers tried to argue that it was railway minister Mamata Banerjee's "prerogative" to present a white paper, the ruling camp's endorsement was evident enough.

    Some felt that Banerjee's move to virtually demolish her predecessor was intended to ensure that the "mess" in railway finances did not stick to her. Soon after she took charge, it had been suggested to her that the turnaround story was bound to come unstuck as the economic buoyancy that drove freight and passenger earnings had slackened while wear and tear in railway stock took its toll.

    Speaking to the media, Lalu did note that the white paper was a bid to "hack me down so that someone else looks a lot taller", perhaps an oblique acknowledgement of his successor's gameplan.

    It was also felt Banerjee was wary of Lalu campaigning for the Left against her in the West Bengal elections. But the unspoken complicity of the Congress seemed to be in keeping with the party's bid to jettison the luggage of UPA-1 and regain its standing in Bihar, as it had in UP. Congress was not prepared to do deals with regional players if it could help it.

    With Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's "line" to part ways with Samajwadi Party and RJD paying off, the government could look to disown what was a part of its own legacy. Despite having been happy to ride on the railway "miracle", the UPA leader switched track to ruthlessly target Lalu.

    Though he sought to manfully face the onslaught, Lalu looked a little worse for the wear as he spent nearly an hour at Parliament's main gate explaining his position on the white paper. In what must have been an effort for him, he resisted lashing out, saying he was sure that "Mamata didi" had been misled. He claimed that it was his decision to pay bonus to railway employees that led to a better deal for central government staff.

    He was clearly pitching his hopes on the Jharkhand Assembly results, maintaining RJD would get 10-12 seats and that "there is no getting away from the era of coalitions." Even as he was down, Lalu was not totally out, as flashes of the old spirit returned as he denounced attempts to "photo finish" him and grandly said he was not being "hard-hitting" in his comments.

    What would worry the Bihar strongman is that if the white paper is a statement of UPA-2's political intent, Congress may well spurn a post-poll tie-up with him in Jharkhand. Then the fat will really be in the fire.
     
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    Railways report hints at ?catering scam? - India - The Times of India

    Railways report hints at ‘catering scam’
    Mahendra Kumar Singh, TNN 19 December 2009, 04:32am IST

    NEW DELHI: The white paper on railways, presented in the Lok Sabha on Friday, refers to Lalu’s claims as the ‘‘so-called turnaround’’. It even hints at a ‘‘catering scam’’ during the RJD chief’s tenure and recommends a comprehensive review. A more direct reference was avoided due to a senior Congress leader intervening with Banerjee. ‘‘There are issues regarding cornering of catering licences by a few operators,’’ the report says. There is, however, no reference to irregularities in jobs.

    The document might also prove ticklish for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had earlier endorsed Lalu’s turnaround theory. But with the odds in politics often stacked against the loser, the RJD boss found himself under the scanner on Friday as the white paper even attacked him for hiking rail fares through the back door.

    The report is a hard blow on Lalu’s bid to recast himself as pro-development and shake off the image of being Bihar’s nemesis. Predictably, the paper saw his rival, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, describe Lalu as the ‘‘greatest juggler of figures’’. Denting Lalu’s ‘‘railways for aam admi claims’’, the paper said, ‘‘The catering policy in recent years focused on revenue generation and services to upper class passengers losing sight of common passengers who constitute more than 95% of the travelling public.’’

    The report also said excessive money was charged for schemes such as ‘tatkal’, putting common people to hardship even as punctuality took a beating during the period.
     
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    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | Mamata rips Lalu rail math

    Mamata rips Lalu rail math
    - White paper shows ‘inflated’ surplus


    OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT

    New Delhi, Dec. 18: Mamata Banerjee today tabled a white paper on the railways that rejected Lalu Prasad’s claims of a turnaround during his tenure as minister, say- ing the accounts were tweaked to show “inflated” sur- pluses.

    A concept of cash surplus before dividend payments was introduced to make the numbers “look good”, the paper, presented in the Lok Sabha, said.

    “If these presentation changes had not been done, the accumulated surplus of Rs 89,000 crore during the five-year period (from 2004- 05 to 2008-09) would come down to Rs 39,500 crore,” the report said, triggering protests from MPs of Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

    The railways’ performance was “below par” in the five years, the paper said, adding that the best period financially in the past 20 years was 1991-96.

    The Congress’s C.K. Jaffer Sharief was minister then.

    Lalu Prasad, present in the House, denounced the dossier as “a black paper and no paper at all”.

    “My tenure was the best period and there was no dispute on my earnings… some officers appear to have misled Mamata Banerjee and she should find out who they are,” the RJD chief said.

    Mamata refused to be drawn into the war of words, telling reporters later: “I will say nothing against anybody.”

    Lalu Prasad’s rival in Bihar, chief minister Nitish Kumar, said the document had “exposed the hoax behind the turnaround claims”.

    “The white paper has proved Lalu Prasad was resorting to white lies in the context of the railways’ profit,” Nitish said in Patna.

    Rail officials said the surplus numbers presented during Lalu Prasad’s tenure also did not take into account arrears paid to staff under the Sixth Pay Commi- ssion proposals. If it had, the surplus would have come down further, they added.

    Former railway officials appeared to agree with the paper’s conclusions.

    “(Accounting) norms must be changed in consultation with the Comptroller and Auditor General. Obviously, no such change was approved (by the CAG),” former Railway Board chairman J.P. Batra said.

    Officials said the changes aimed at presenting a rosier set of numbers were made from 2007-08 to impress international lenders and get loans for projects like the freight corridor.

    The turnaround claims had prompted B-schools like Harvard Business School and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and industry chambers to laud Lalu Prasad as a new-age guru.
     
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    why don`t our railway starts exporting railway engines/wagons.this manufacturing units must be separated and privatized or semi - privatized so that tey can be that at lest exported to saarc countries,african countries.indian raiways should be divided int two parts one running the railways and maintaining it while other which should be privatized or psu engaged in manufacturing and exporting engines,wagons,technology
     
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    Some small export orders have been there. One of the railway organistaions RITES has been involved in turnkey projects. But the biggest problem aprt from being a PSU is that the IR has standardised Broad Gauge as a standard in place of the standard gaige which is used by most of the countries in the world. This does rule out major export oppurtunities.

    Under the former Raliway minister there was a tender for Orivate companies to set up one factory each for manufacturing Diesel engines and the other for Electric locos. With the new despensation we do not know what has happened to the tender and whther it has any future.
     
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    Rail gauge is the distance between the inner sides of the heads of the two parallel rails that make up a single railway line.

    Most of the world uses Standard Gauge which is around 1.4 mtrs.

    Broad gauge which is used in india Pakistan is 1.67 mtrs

    In India some of the old train lines, in Rajasthan and the Darjeeling line is almost 1 mtr. and is also called meter gauge.
     
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    http://www.ptinews.com/news/446771_Mamata-wants-Railway-employees-against-delaying-trains

    Mamata wants Railway employees against delaying trains

    STAFF WRITER 20:24 HRS IST

    Howrah, Dec 30 (PTI) Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee today warned a section of railway staff against delaying of trains out of political motivation, saying their action would bring a bad name to the Railways and affect business.

    "To me humanism is more important than politics. You may subscribe to any (political) colour, but do not delay trains out of political motivation," she told the employees while flagging off six trains from here.

    Banerjee said she had received complaints that empty rakes going to the yard from the platforms were delayed on purpose, thereby affecting the movement of other trains.

    "I am proud of my Railway family. I appeal to them to extend cooperation to the passengers. If trains are delayed, it will bring a bad name to your department and in turn to the railways. This will affect business," she said.
     
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    high speed trains

    i want to ask a question?
    Does india needs high speed trains?
    Recently china started started high speed train between 2 of it`s important region and there is news that 42 other lines are going to start by next 3 years .Basically china is connecting it`s more economically advance southern region with central parts. its like creating link between mumbai and pune because of which people living in pune have daily jobs in mumbai .is like that?

    for more on china high speed train read below article
    http://http://www.indianexpress.com/news/worlds-fastest-train-link-starts-in-china/559455/
     
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    Yes, India needs high(er) speed trains. A WAP-4 class electric-traction locomotive has lower carbon footprint than a Boeing 737 when hauling an 18-coach rake across the same distance, and carries way more passengers. There's certainly more scope for ≥150 km/h services on our trunk lines, as new LHB-made coaches, as well as WAP-4, WAP-5, WDP-4 locomotives all support ≥150 km/h speeds. I guess it's just the rail traffic that keeps them down to their current 110 km/h speeds. A "SuperFast Express" was intended to be 150 km/h.
     

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