Indian Railways’ Freight Loading up by 4.64 per cent during April 2014-January 2015



Indian Railways’ Freight Loading up by 4.64 per cent during April 2014-January 2015

Indian Railways carried 906.36 million tonnes of revenue earning freight traffic during 1st April 2014 to 31st January 2015. The freight carried shows an increase of 40.22 million tonnes over the freight traffic of 866.14 million tonnes actually carried during the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 4.64 per cent.


During the month of January 2015, the revenue earning freight traffic carried by Indian Railways was 97.79 million tonnes. There is an increase of 1.39 million tonnes over the actual freight traffic of 96.40 million tonnes carried by the Indian Railways during the same period last year, showing an increase of 1.44 per cent.

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Railway Minister Flags off four more new Trains

The Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off four new trains and extension of one train by remote control at a function here today. The Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha was specially present on the occasion. The flagging off of trains by remote was done through Telepresnce Service provided by RailTel, the Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Railways. The telecom directorate of Railway Board coordinated the entire video conferencing, connecting five places namely, Bhavnagar, Ranchi, Santragachi, Anuppur and Jhajha.

These new trains are; i) 19579/19580 Bhavnagar-Delhi Sarai Rohilla Link Express (Weekly), ii) 18629/18630 Ranchi-NewJalpaiguri Express (Weekly), iii) 68001/68008 Santragachi-Jhargram MEMU (5 days a week), and iv) 68749/68750 Anuppur-Ambikapur MEMU (6 days a week) as well as extension of 63208/63211 Jhajha-Patna MEMU to Jasidih. All these trains are part of the Budget announcements.

RailTel has come up with this high tech service of providing Telepresence on opex model where the client doesn’t have to the investment on buying or setting up the equipments which makes RailTel’s service most cost effective for the customers. Telepresence service provided by RailTel offers a more engaging video conference with cutting edge technology, so that the parties involved feel the immersive presence of participants at different locations. The service is designed to improve collaboration, save executive time, reduce costs and carbon footprint with no capital investment and obsolescence risk

Earlier, the Railway Minister flagged off five new trains yesterday i.e. on 11th February 2015, three new trains on 10th February 2015 and eight new trains on 9th February 2015. So far the Railway Minister Shri Prabhu has flagged off 20 new trains during this week through remote contro.

Board Members and senior railway officials were also present on the occasion.

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Prize Distribution Ceremony of All India Drawing & Painting Competition Organized by RWWCO

With a view to encourage artistic talent amongst the children of rail-fraternity, Railway Women’s Welfare Central Organisation (RWWCO) annually organizes an All India Railway Drawing & Painting Competition for the wards of Railwaymen. The Winners of the competition are invited to Delhi for receiving the prizes in a function organized by the Organisation. This year, the function was held on 3rd February, 2015 at National Rail Museum Auditorium, New Delhi. Smt. Rashmi Mital, President of RWWCO was the Chief Guest and distributed Merit Certificates & Cash Awards to winning wards of Railwaymen (51 in number) who had come to Delhi from various Zonal Railways/Production Units on Indian Railways.

RWWCO is the apex body of the chain of women’s welfare organisations spread over all Indian Railways engaged in the task of welfare of railwaymen and their families through various need-based socio/welfare activities. The organization started its activities in 1962 after Indo-China War, and while the primary concern of the Organisation is the welfare of Railway employees and their families, it has always risen to the call of the society and the nation- be it environmental awareness, family welfare drives, disturbances on the borders or the natural calamities. It is one of the fore-runner voluntary Organisations in the country today.

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Making Highway Transport Easier for Travellers is Government’s Priority, projects where collection of toll has become unviable being identified, says Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that improving conditions of roads in the country for swifter and safer movement of vehicles is priority of the Government. He said that in the next three years, trucks on roads will be able to cover up to 600 k.m. per day. Shri Gadkari was addressing the inaugural session of the 5th Edition of Indian Supply Chain Logistics Summit on “Opportunities, Synergy, Technology in Logistics; Auto Manufacturing, Integrated Logistics and E-commerce Edition 2015” organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce here today.

The Minister said e-Toll being introduced at toll gates in the country will help in reducing the waiting time of vehicles which presently costs 2-3% of GDP. Stating that making highway transport easier for travellers is a priority Shri Gadkari said, he has advised Ministry officials to identify projects up to Rs. 100 Crore investments, where either the cost has been recovered or was about to be recovered and projects where collection of toll has become unviable. He added, till date 74 such public funded Tolls have been identified and out of those 61 have been shut down. Similarly, projects of investment less than Rs. 100 Crore under PPP are also being identified and ways are being explored to shut down all such toll plazas post-addressing contractual obligations.

The Minister said the Government is brining changes in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, and a Bill in this regard with several innovative steps will be introduced in the next session of the Parliament. Emphasizing on bringing down cost of construction of roads while improving quality, the Minister said the Government is giving priority to construction of cement-concrete roads as they have low maintenance cost. The Minster added that many of the stalled road projects have been restarted by the new Government, while bottlenecks in the others are being addressed.

Expressing concern over high rate of accidents in the country, the Minister said that poor road designing at several places is a basic reason for this. He said the Government is looking into the issue. He said the Government is planning construction of truck terminals and truck clubs with facilities such as dhabas, rest rooms, toilets etc.

The Minister called upon the industry leaders present at the summit to invest in the development of waterways in the country as transportation on water is much cheaper compared to rail and road. He also underlined use of alternative fuels such as ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-gas and bio-CNG for reducing pollution and saving money spent on importing oil.

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Improving Mobility on Indian Roads is Priority of the Government, says Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that improving conditions of roads in the country for swifter and safer movement of vehicles is priority of the Government. He said that in the next three years, trucks on roads will be able to cover up to 600 k.m. per day. Shri Gadkari was addressing the inaugural session of the 5th Edition of Indian Supply Chain Logistics Summit on “Opportunities, Synergy, Technology in Logistics; Auto Manufacturing, Integrated Logistics and E-commerce Edition 2015” organized by Indian Chambers of Commerce here today. The Minister said the Government is brining changes in the Motor Vehicles Act of 1988, and a Bill in this regard with several innovative steps will be introduced in the next session of the Parliament. Emphasizing on bringing down cost of construction of roads while improving quality, the Minister said the Government is giving priority to construction of cement-concrete roads as they have low maintenance cost. The Minster added that many of the stalled road projects have been restarted by the new Government, while bottlenecks in the others are being addressed.

Expressing concern over high rate of accidents in the country, the Minister said that poor road designing at several places is a basic reason for this. He said the Government is looking into the issue. The Minister said e-Toll introduced at toll gates in the country will help in reducing the waiting time of vehicles which presently costs 2-3% of GDP. He said the Government is planning construction of truck terminals and truck clubs with facilities such as dhabas, rest rooms, toilets etc.

The Minister called upon the industry leaders present at the summit to invest in the development of waterways in the country as transportation on water is much cheaper compared to rail and road. He also underlined use of alternative fuels such as ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-gas and bio-CNG for reducing pollution and saving money spent on importing oil.

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Jual Oram to Inaugurate Week Long “Vanaj”- National Tribal Festival- 2015 Tomorrow

Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram will inaugurate week long the first National Tribal Festival “VANAJ” tomorrow at Central Park Connaught Place, New Delhi. He will be accompanied by Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhi Vasava, MoS and senior officer of Tribal Affairs Ministry. This Festival marks active participation by the artistes from across the length and breadth of the country. It is also a part of the vision of the Prime Minister for uplifting the quality of Tribal lives and will provide an opportunity to the residents of the national capital to enjoy and appreciate the rich tribal culture and heritage.

The opening ceremony will see Dance performances by the tribal artists from four States. First it will be Odishi dance and other dances by Kutia Kondh, Dhemsa and Munda Tribes from Odisha. It will be followed by Dobru and Flute Instrument performance from Gujrat, dance-Toda and Kaniyan from Tamil Nadu and Pandvani gayan and Gond style Karma dance from Madhya Pradesh.

Approximately 900 participants from Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal would be participating. While this would help advertise our diversity, it also helps in national integration. The festival is also intended to conserve and promote the distinctive cultures by providing them a national platform amongst other things.

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Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu briefs Governors on Swachh Bharat Mission

Requests Governors to take lead part in promoting awareness about cleanliness

Governors of States and Administrators of Union Territories were today briefed on the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venakaiah Naidu has made a presentation on the objectives of the Mission, physical targets and strategy for ensuring cleanliness in all urban areas of the country by the year 2019, commemorating the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee was also present during the presentation.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu said that generation of awareness for behavioral change towards cleanliness and avoidance of open defecation is of foremost importance in the strategy for achieving cleanliness and urged the Governors and Administrators to take lead in the campaign. They could also review progress of the Mission in respective States and UTs from time to time and facilitate best performing urban local bodies, individuals and organisations, he said.

The Minister said Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has desired ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ to be made into a Jan Andolan and several distinguished persons have been roped in as Brand Ambassadors. Effective awareness generation would result in proper and full utilization of infrastructure being built in the form of household toiles, public and community toilets, he said.

Under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, 1.20 crore household toilets and over 5.00 lakh public and community toilet seats are to be built in urban areas in the next five years at an estimated cost of Rs.62,009 cr. Central Government provides a grant of Rs.4,000 per each household toilet besides extending Viability Gap Funding for building public and community toilets.

Shri Venkaiah Naidu thanked the President for including a presentation on Swachh Bharat Mission in the agenda for the Conference of Governors and Administrators.

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