Indian Railways News

Indian Railways News

Piyush Goyal Launches Rail Drishti Dashboard To Track Train Information

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal today launched a dashboard for passengers to keep track of train punctuality as well as other such information from anywhere in the country.

The ‘eDrishti’ dashboard has been developed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) and can be accessed at

Launching the dashboard, Mr Goyal said people can now track any information related to Indian Railways in a swipe — even while on the move.

They can find out about the movement of trains across the country, train punctuality, freight and passenger earnings, freight loading and unloading, progress of major projects, public grievances, details of railway stations and much more, he said.

With regular complaints regarding the quality of food served on trains, the dashboard has also been linked to the base kitchens of the Indian Rail Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to allow monitoring of the goings-on in IRCTC kitchens through live video.

The dashboard will also provide live status of reserved and unreserved passengers travelling on trains besides providing the exact location of trains at any point of time.

Mr Goyal said ‘eDrishti’ was aimed at making the Indian Railways more transparent and asked people for suggestions to improve its services.

Railways To Run Special Train To Statue Of Unity From March 4

The Indian Railways is all set to launch a special train for tourists visiting the Statue of Unity in Gujarat from March 4.

The development comes five months after the world’s tallest statue was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The tourist train being run under the “Bharat Darshan Tour Scheme” will offer seven nights and eight days tour package and will commence its journey from Chandigarh covering pilgrimages like Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain, Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga near Indore, and Shirdi Sai Baba Darshan, Trimbakeshwar in Nashik and Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad.

The tour will be conducted by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) and is priced at Rs. 7560 per person. The tour package has multiple boarding and de-boarding stations viz Chandigarh, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Delhi Cantt, Rewari, Alwar and Jaipur for the facilitation of the tourists.

“The package has been designed to pay tribute to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Statue of Unity is situated on the river island called Sadhu Bet in front of the Narmada Dam in Gujarat. It is the world’s tallest statue at a height of 182 metres.

The train will stop at Vadodara station and passengers will be taken to the statue of Unity by buses,” said a government press release.

The package includes train journey in non-AC sleeper class, hall/dormitory accommodation at places of night stay, morning freshen up, road transportation, pure vegetarian meals, sightseeing as per the itinerary by non-AC vehicles, services of the tour manager and security arrangements.

The package can be booked online on or on the IRCTC Mobile App under Bharat Darshan link.

More Staff For Railway Protection Force In Kashmir After Pulwama Attack

The Railway Protection Force (RPF) has increased the number of its personnel in Kashmir following the terror attack in Pulwama to ensure the safety of train passengers and to protect railway property, a senior official of the force said.

A total of 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on February 14 in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir when a Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.

“We had a meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday where the decision was taken to increase the presence of RPF in the region,” said RPF DG Arun Kumar.

“The chairman railway board also had a detailed security briefing with all zonal and divisional RPF officers on the security of railways. It was decided that a company of RPF will be sent to Kashmir for additional security,” he said.

While four companies of the RPF are stationed in Kashmir, one more, with 125 personnel, will be airlifted from Jammu to the area, he added.

The RPF has also upgraded its all India security helpline number 182 to provide a single point access to rail users in distress.

Goods Train Derails In Jharkhand, Rail Traffic On Route Affected

A goods train derailed between Khalari and Ray stations near Jharkhand’s Ranchi today, disrupting train movement in Dhanbad Rail Division, a statement issued by the Railway Protection Force or RPF said.

The incident happened in the Central Industrial Chord (CIC) section of Dhanbad Rail Division under East Central Railway zone of Indian Railways, the statement said.

At least 12 wagons and the engine of the goods train derailed, a senior railway official said today.

“The derailment happened when the driver of the goods train applied brakes after he heard a blast-like sound. But the police found that the accident took place following defect in the tracks. However, the exact cause of the derailment will be known only after an investigation,” the Dhanbad Rail Division said in another statement.

PM Flags Off The World’s First Diesel To Electric Locomotive In Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in his constituency, Varanasi, today to flag off the world’s first diesel to electric locomotive. The project was completed by the Diesel Locomotives Works in record time. PM Modi took keen interest and went around the factory and inspected the engine from inside.

The conversion of the diesel locomotive into an electronic one was a landmark achievement of the Indian Railways, as part of its efforts to completely electrify the broad gauge network in the country.

The high profile project of the Railways was part of its Mission 100 per cent electrification and de-carbonization agenda. The work on the project began in December 2017 and from conceptualizing to building the electric locomotive was carried out in just 69 days, said a Railways official.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley took to Twitter and congratulated the engineers involved in the project. “Congratulations to our engineers on making world’s first Diesel to Electric Locomotive Engine at DLW, Varanasi,” said Mr Jaitley.

After the inauguration, PM Modi interacted with the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana – Ayushman Bharat at the Banaras Hindu University. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Later in the day, the PM Modi inaugurated the newly constructed Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Centre of the Banaras Hindu University. The hospital aims to provide affordable cancer care to patients in Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and even Nepal. He is also scheduled to inaugurate Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Lehartara.

With the inauguration of the two cancer hospitals, Varanasi is set to become an important centre for quality treatment of the disease. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of several projects worth several hundred crores in Uttar Pradesh.

PM Modi also visited the Sant Ravidas Temple and participated in the birth anniversary celebrations of the poet and philosopher.

Chopped Body Parts Of Child Found Near Rail Track In Thane

Chopped body parts suspected to be of a child have been found near a railway track in Thane district of Maharashtra, a police official said on Monday.

Kalyan police received information on Sunday evening about some body parts lying in the bushes near the railway track in Titwala area, he said.

The police reached the spot and seized the highly decomposed head and legs, believed to be of a child around 10 to 12 years of age whose gender was yet to be ascertained, the official at Kalyan police station said.

The other body parts were still missing, he said, adding that a gunny bag was also found near the spot.

The official said they suspect that the culprit killed the child, chopped the body into pieces, packed them in the bag and threw it from a running train.

Efforts were on to identify the body, he said.

A case was registered for murder and causing disappearance of evidence of offence and a search for the killer was on, he said.

Hyderabad Metro’s Corridor-III Likely To Be Operational Soon

The much-awaited Metro rail link to Hi-Tec City, the IT hub of Hyderabad, is set to become operational soon with the Inspection and Safety Certification from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) likely in about a week.

Trial runs between the Ameerpet and Hi-Tec City 10km stretch of Hyderabad Metro corridor-III have been going on since November last year.

“We are expecting CMRS (Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety) Inspection and Safety Certification in about a week. After that the inaugural date will be decided by the government,” Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited (HMRL) Managing Director N V S Reddy told PTI.

The Ameerpet and Hi-Tec City stretch has eight stations.

“Opening of the 10 km Ameerpet to Hi-Tec City stretch will be a game-changer not only for the Metro project but for Hyderabad city itself. In the next few years, it will make a huge difference in the travel characteristics of the city and improve the competitiveness of Hyderabad,” Mr Reddy said.

He further said work is progressing well in Corridor-II between JBS and MGBS (10 km stretch) and the civil work will be completed by July 2019 and systems works by November 2019.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the 30 km stretch (between Miyapur and Nagole) of the 72 km long elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project, in November 2017.

With the operationalisation of a 16-km stretch of Hyderabad Metro Rail between Ameerpet and LB Nagar in September last year, the Hyderabad Metro Rail is covering 46 km.

Liver Rushed For Transplant On Mumbai Suburban Train

The liver of a 53-year-old man, declared brain-dead, was transported in a suburban train from Thane to Dadar on Friday afternoon to transplant it in a patient at a city hospital, railway officials said.

This was possibly the first instance when a human organ was ferried on the suburban rail network, considered Mumbai’s lifeline, for transplant.

After the donor was declared brain-dead Friday, his liver, as per his wish, was donated and was carried in an ice box from Thane’s Jupiter Hospital to Parel’s Global Hospital, where the recipient was admitted, an official said.

He said the decision to transport the liver in a local train was taken after considering it was the fastest mode and faced no traffic snarl issues.

The 31-km distance between Thane and Dadar stations was covered in just 38 minutes during non-peak hours. It took another 20 minutes for the organ to reach the designated hospital in Parel through a green corridor.

The entire exercise was completed smoothly due to coordination between traffic police personnel and railway officials deployed at Thane and Dadar stations.

A hospital statement said, “Considering the retrieval was planned for 11 am and the possible transportation leg would have been around 12.30 pm which is peak traffic time for vehicular movement on the Eastern Express Highway the Global Hospital team possibly thought of using the local train network as the fastest and most reliable way of transporting the organ.”

When the liver arrived at Dadar, jawans of the Maharashtra Security Force posted outside along with Matunga traffic police personnel took control of the organ, said an official of the Railway Protection Force (RPF).

They handed over the cadaver liver to the Global Hospital team whose members then created a green corridor with the help of traffic police for its further transportation via road, he said.

Ex-Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani Named Air India Chief

Former Railway Board chairman Ashwani Lohani was on Wednesday appointed chairman and managing director (CMD) of Air India, according to a government order.

This will be Mr Lohani’s second tenure as Air India chief.

His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on Wednesday, sources said.

Mr Lohani’s first tenure in Air India was from August 2015 to August 2017, during which he helped pilot the organisation to a financial operating profit.

Mr Lohani, 60, who is an officer of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers (IRSME), was appointed the Railway Board chairman in August 2017 and retired in December 2018.

One of his first decisions as Railway Board chairman was to ban gifts and ceremonial welcomes and farewells. He is also the man behind Train 18, India’s fastest train that will have its inaugural run from Delhi to Varanasi and will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15.

As the Railways’ senior-most bureaucrat, Mr Lohani brought the prestigious bullet train to India.

As head of both – Railways as well as Air India – he was able to bridge the gap between his office and employees, using WhatsApp groups mostly, say those who have worked with him.

Mr Lohani, who holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, was also ITDC chairman as well as director of the Rail Museum in the capital.

Fares Of Train 18 Announced: Here’s All You Need To Know

Train 18’s air conditioned chair car ticket would cost Rs. 1,850 and the executive class fare will be Rs. 3,520 for a Delhi to Varanasi trip, including the catering service charges, reported news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) citing officials on Monday. On its return journey, the chair car ticket will cost Rs. 1,795 and the executive car ticket will be priced at Rs. 3,470, further said the report. While the chair car fares are 1.5 times the price of Shatabdi trains running the same distance, the executive class fares are 1.4 times of first class air conditioned seating in the premium train, the official sources said.

Here are key things to know about Train 18: 

1. The semi-high speed train is scheduled to be flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15. The train has two classes of tickets — executive class and chair car — and will have differently priced meals.

2. While passengers travelling from New Delhi to Varanasi in the executive class will be charged Rs. 399 for morning tea, breakfast and lunch, travellers in the chair car will need to pay Rs. 344 for the same.

3. From Varanasi to New Delhi, the passengers will be charged Rs. 349 and Rs. 288 in the executive class and chair, respectively for the meals.

4.  However, meals on Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 will not be optional for passengers, unlike in premium trains such as Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto express, where they can choose not to avail catering services, officials said. However, passengers travelling the last leg on the route of the train – Prayagraj to Varanasi – will have the choice of opting out of the meals in advance while booking their tickets.

5. Train 18, developed indigenously by the Integral Coach Factory (ICF), will make its first journey between New Delhi and Varanasi, via Kanpur and Prayagraj. The train is a self-propelled on electric traction like metro trains, and will start replacing the existing train fleet of the Shatabdi Express.