A) Railway runs first Double-decker freight Train
The western railway successfully tested the double-decker trains on electrified sections. The height of the overhead equipment (OHE) was increased to 7.57m to accommodate the double-decker.
With this remarkable development, Indian Railways has proudly become the first Railway to run double-decker container train with high reach pantograph in high rise OHE territory.
The double-deckers carry extra luggage and thus will increase the revenue of railways with slight modification in assets.
The successful trial was conducted between Palanpur and Botad stations in Gujrat.
B) Mathura-Vrindavan mass transit system
Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), which is a statutory Authority under the Railway Ministry has been entrusted with responsibility to study mass-transit system between Mathura and Vrindavan.
The distance between Mathura and Vrindavan is 12 Km and there is a mass movement of people because of religious aspects.
RLDA has awarded the contract to a private firm Feedback Infra Private Limited for carrying pre-feasibility study.
C) Adilabad-Mudkhed railway line electrification work starts
As the railway ministry wants to complete all electrification projects, it has kick-started the electrification of Adilabad-Mudkhed line of 183KM length.
The section Adilabad-Mudkhed lies in Nanded Division of South central Railways. This will be important project as the central railways portion between Majri and Pimpalkutti stations is already electrified section.
D) Nirmali bridge in Bihar will be commissioned after 17 years of announcement by Ex-PM Vajpayee
The Ex-Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had laid the foundation stone for a mega rail bridge on river Kosi at Nirmali in North Bihar on June 6, 2003.
The two-kilometre long rail bridge on Kosi river will link Nirmali with Saraigarh. Located in district Supaul in North Bihar, it will connect Nirmali, which is presently a terminus station of Darbhanga-Sakri-Jhanjharpur-Nirmali Metre gauge section, with Saraigarh station of Saharsa-Forbisganj Metre gauge route to provide through a link to Northeast Frontier Railway.
The bridge will enable the opening up of the route through Darbhanga, Nirmali and finally to New Jalpaiguri from where the route to Assam starts.