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Why IR passenger traffic heading south?

By on November 9, 2017

Last updated on November 7th, 2022 at 03:43 am Indian Railway’s non-suburban passenger business is in bad shape. Unless immediate measures are taken to arrest it, it will be difficult to retain its status in the transport business. Lateral thinking is necessary, different from how IR policymakers had been thinking in the past. Brainstorming with […]

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Average speed of freight train over Indian Railways

By on February 9, 2017

Last updated on November 7th, 2022 at 04:59 am The Average Speed of Freight Train is available in the Indian Railway Year Book in Chapter “Asset Utilisation” in Table F, named Average freight train speed (Kms./hour). There is no mention of how this speed is calculated. But as the name suggests, it might have been worked […]

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Mechanized measurement and inspection – a help to cut down maintenance cost

By on January 31, 2017
Mechanized measurement and inspection – a help to cut down maintenance cost

Last updated on November 7th, 2022 at 08:23 am Failure to integrate new technologies with the traditional working system is the main reason for Indian Railway’s failure to cut costs. Introducing new technologies in any system cannot be done overnight and is always a well-planned engineering process. If not, both systems run parallel, not deriving […]

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‘RSKU’ – a new term to monitor Indian Railway passenger business

By on January 17, 2017

Last updated on November 9th, 2022 at 06:19 am Is Indian Railway earning fully towards its non-suburban passenger business? There is no published data to corroborate this. Interpreting it by the long waiting list is a wrong assessment. The waiting list continued in 2016-17, even when there was a drop of 10% in passengers compared […]

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Why no steps to digitize issue of free travel pass and reservation?

By on November 5, 2015
Why no steps to digitize issue of free travel pass and reservation?

Last updated on November 11th, 2022 at 10:01 am Finally, it is done Indian Railway issues free passes for the journey over Indian Railways to its employee, dependent and non-railway persons for various reasons as detailed in the gazette notification issued on 8th May 2008 with the inclusion of all correction slips. 2http://www.ner.indianrailways.gov.in/uploads/files/1349074968630-1986%20(1993%20edition).pdf The system […]

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Where has 150 millions Indian Railway passenger gone?

By on October 1, 2015
Where has 150 millions Indian Railway passenger gone?

Last updated on March 19th, 2019 at 12:21 pm There is disturbing news that IR has recorded a drop of 4.2% passenger traffic during April-August during 2014-15 as compared to last year. Indian Railway carried 343 Crs passenger this year as compared to 358 Cr last year during the first five months showing a drop of […]

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Is it not the right time to start winding up RRBs spread all over India?

By on July 28, 2015
Is it not the right time to start winding up RRBs spread all over India?

Last updated on November 11th, 2022 at 10:08 am Indian Railway employs around 13 lakhs personnel, of which around 70% is Group C staff with direct recruitment through the Railway Recruitment Board, popularly called RRB. Considering 36 years of service life of staff and recruitment through RRB for about 75% of the annual arising (keeping […]

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Staff cost and impediment to turn around of Indian Railways

By on February 25, 2015
Staff cost and impediment to turn around of Indian Railways

Last updated on November 9th, 2022 at 10:09 am The trend of Indian Railway manpower vs expenditure, including pension, is as follows: Period No of Group A&B No of group C&D Total Expenditure 1980-81 11.2 1560 1316.7 1990-91 14.3 1637 5166.3 2000-01 14.8 1530.5 18841 2010-11 16.9 1315.1 51776 2020-21 18.6 1233.7 156730 During the […]

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Why Indian Railways not having a fire policy?

By on February 24, 2015
Why Indian Railways not having a fire policy?

Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 04:52 am Whenever there is a fire incidence in Indian Railways, everyone wakes up. Instructions are reiterated in the rhetoric and bureaucratic way by opening the dust laden file. Minutes of the previous meeting are explored and action report called for on the deliberation. Directives are issued for inspection drive, […]

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How to manage the damaging effect of speed differential to improve train mobility?

By on January 29, 2015
How to manage the damaging effect of speed differential to improve train mobility?

Last updated on March 25th, 2019 at 04:57 am IR to improve its mobility of freight train by revisiting Newton First law and make sure non-stop running of freight train for a target of minimum 4 hours. Every railwayman has a strong want to see Indian Railways succeed in its mission to be a national transporter of passenger and […]

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