A look back at India’s Railways in 2014

A look back at India’s Railways in 2014

Dec 18, 2014

India’s Railways are iconic, but they have long been a fragmented and inefficient section of the transport industry. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister under Modi’s government, has pledged to improve the safety and customer service of the Indian Railways, and has stated that he is looking for investments of over $100 million over the next 3-4 years to help...

Indian Railways to improve poor operating ratio

Indian Railways to improve poor operating ratio

Nov 27, 2014

With Prime Minister Modi insistent on the Indian Railways achieving an operating ratio of 90 percent this fiscal, the national transporter is all set to improve its deteriorating financial health. Improvement in freight transport and reduction of diesel prices are expected to bring in additional revenues to upgrade and modernise the railways.   Boosting...

Suresh Prabhu and Indian Railways

Suresh Prabhu and Indian Railways

Nov 25, 2014

This article discusses the various issues currently being faced by the Indian Railways. It also delves upon the tentative measures being planned by the newly appointed Railway Minister to cope with the challenges.   In the cabinet reshuffle on 10 November, Mr Suresh Prabhu took over as new Railway Minister, shortly after he joined BJP from Shiv Sena....

Indian Railways cleaning spree

Indian Railways cleaning spree

Oct 23, 2014

Cleanliness has always been an issue with Indian trains and stations. The newly elected government recently announced the bio-toilet campaign. Now, it has decided to use track cleaning machines in order to help maintain cleanliness on the tracks. This article discusses the various nuances and details of the track cleaning machines.   One of the largest...

Thales wins contract to help ensure rail safety

Thales wins contract to help ensure rail safety

Oct 10, 2014

The new government led by PM Modi considers railway safety a key focus area on its revive India agenda. The French Thales Group has been awarded the ~INR29 crore ($4.7 million) contract to install the train protection warning system (TPWS) on the Basin Bridge-Arakonam in Tamil Nadu. “A total of 169 signals in the Basin Bridge-Arakonam section will be...

How India is improving passenger rail experience

How India is improving passenger rail experience

Sep 29, 2014

Things haven’t always run smoothly for the Indian Railways and passengers do occasionally complain about the quality of service. This article lists the new changes which are being incorporated by the Indian Railways to improve the travel experience. How successful will this endeavour of the newly elected government be? Only time will tell.   23 million...