Indian Railways is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world’s largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km (71,000 mi) of track over a route of 65,000 km (40,000 mi) and 7,500 stations.
The Indian Railways carries about 7,500 million passengers annually or more than 20 million passengers daily (more than a half of which are suburban passengers) and 2.8 million tons of freight daily. In 2011-2012 Indian Railways earned INR104,278.79 crore (US$19.71 billion) which consists of INR69,675.97 crore (US$13.17 billion) from freight and INR28,645.52 crore (US$5.41 billion) from passengers tickets.
The Indian Railways has made it mandatory for all passengers travelling in reserved classes to carry an original identification from December 1, 2012. A person travelling without an ID will be considered travelling without ticket and will be fined. The rule is in effect from December 1, 2012.
From April 2016, children with age between 5 to 12 years will be charged full fare instead of half. This rule applies to only tickets in reserved class and only in case berth/seat is sought. In case where berth/seat is not sought, then the fare shall continue to be half of adult fare. For unreserved tickets, children of that age group shall continue to be half of the adult fare. The exact date of commencement of this provision will be notified separately at a later date by the railways. Children under five years of age shall continue to enjoy free ride (without berth) in trains.
The Indian Railways launched RailRadar, an online application to spot a train’s location on a Google Map. The exact location of over 6500 trains can be located using the RailRadar service on a real-time basis.
‘Rail Neer’ is the packaged drinking water brand produced by IRCTC.
On 23 November 2012, Indian Railways has increased the price of Rail Neer by 25 percent to Rs. 15 for a litre bottle from Rs. 12. The 500-ml bottle is priced at Rs. 10, up from its previous price of Rs. 8. Along with Rail Neer, the Railways has also allowed the price of other brands of drinking water to be hiked on par with Rail Neer.
On 30 November 2012, Two air-conditioned coaches of Chennai-Delhi GT Express caught fire in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. Over 120 passengers are travelling in the coaches. One passenger died of cardiac arrest.
On 7 December 2015, 13 people were killed when a Howrah-Bhopal train hit a vehicle at an unmanned crossing at Ramgarh district, near Bhurkunda railway station in Jharkhand. The accident took place at 9:30 pm when a family was returning from Raharappa temple in Bolero car. The car's tyre got trapped in the railway tracks. The onboard people tried to get down by the train dragged the car for more than 100 metres.
On 8 December 2015, Lokmanya Tilak Express collided with an EMU train near Palwal in Haryana.
MaXposure Media Group Bags Contract to Publish Rail Bandhu, the Only On-Board Magazine of the Indian Railways
Business Wire IndiaMaXposure Media Group, India’s largest corporate publishing company with over 30 titles in its portfolio, has been awarded the contract to publish Rail Bandhu, the only official on-board magazine of the Indian Railways. The organisation won the contract to publish the Rail Bandhu magazine for three years following an open tender
Former Chief Justice of India Sabharwal passed away
The final rites will be held today
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CG Announces the Appointment of Sanjay Singh as Global Head of HR
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Indian Railways to remove curtains from 3-tier AC coaches
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First Data Shows How Electronic Payments Can Support the Growth of Government Payments
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India’s Kyros Soft Tech Ltd. Joins the OSPT Alliance
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Union Minister for State for Railways defends government intention to increase fares
Union Minister says increase in fares is to meet increasing operational cost of Railways
Frost & Sullivan Seeks Solutions to Critical Challenges Faced by the Logistics Sector at its Workshop - Supply Chain Transformations 2012
Frost & Sullivan successfully hosted its third annual strategy workshop for the logistics sector titled ‘Supply Chain Transformations 2012’. This year, the workshop focused on three critical areas of challenges faced by the the Indian logistics sector, namely, lack of collaborative logistics, multi-modal transportation, skill gaps, and human resource shortage