Indian Railways

Dynamic Pricing in Indian Railways: Concept & Issues

January 31, 2017

In the month of September, 2016, the Indian Railways came out with the policy of Dynamic Pricing. Under this policy, the fares of the railway tickets are to increase by 10 per cent after every 10 per cent of berths or seats being sold. But a cap...

Safety Issues in the Indian Railways

January 25, 2017

Within the span of three months, three major rail accidents have taken place in the country resulting in the death of over 190 people: Indore-Patna Express derailment, Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailment and recent derailment of Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express. These incidents have highlighted the appalling safety record maintained by...

R.D.Sharma Committee on Railway Catering Recommendations

May 20, 2016

The Railway is planning to revamp its existing catering policy to make train travel more comfortable and homely. In this context, a committee headed by Central Railway Chief Commercial Manager RD Sharma was constituted to consider the recommendations of Dr. Sreedharan Committee’s Report to hand over catering...

What’s wrong with Indian Railways?

November 15, 2015

From the construction of the first railroad in India that began in 1850, and the first train that was run on April 16, 1853 from Bombay (now Mumbai) to Thana (Thane), to the unimaginable growth of the railway network, the India’s biggest Public Sector Undertaking has come...

Recent Initiatives of Indian Railways

November 15, 2015

Ministry of Railways took steps for introduction of High Speed Bullet Trains in the country on Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor. It is the part of the Ministry’s  ambitious plan to have Diamond Quadrilateral network of High Speed Rail connecting major metros and growth centers of the country. One new...

Safety Issues in Indian Railways

November 15, 2015

Over the last 10 years, there has been a substantial rise in the rate of passenger casualties. For the three decades of 1965-96, the number of deaths in accidents remained mostly under 100, except for the occasional bad year. During the last decade things have turned grim....

Revamping Organisational Structure Of Railways

November 15, 2015

Over the years, in the absence of any strategic focus, the railways have steadily deteriorated in terms of service quality, safety and financial performance. Any improvement in given areas require a complete overhauling of the organizational structure of railways. Many committees and experts have advised for more...

FDI in Indian Railways

November 15, 2015

Currently FDI in IR is fully opened up in 17 areas. A foreign player can invest up to 100% in most segments of rail infrastructure such as suburban rail, metro rail, locomotive and rolling stock and dedicated freight lines, Railways electrification, Signaling systems, Freight terminals, Passenger terminals...

Privatization of Indian Railways: Issue Analysis

November 15, 2015

So far, the private sector’s participation in railways has been very less in India, compared to sectors like ports, telecom, electricity, airports and roads. Several attempts have been made in the past to involve the private sector in various arenas like wagon procurement and leasing, freight trains...

Financial Problems of Indian Railways

November 15, 2015

Indian Railways faces chronic financial problems. The annual rate of increase in cost has overtaken that of revenues during the last few years. There are several reasons of deterioration of the financial health of the Railways. These include, a high operating ratio, cross subsidization, social service obligations,...

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