A) Indian Railways resume Vande Bharat Express service
The Indian Railway decided to start 80 new trains from 12th September. The list include India’s first semi-high speed train Vande Bharat Express which was operating between New Delhi and Varanasi and stopped after lockdown.
The second Vande Bharat Express train which operates between New Delhi and Katra will remain suspended till further notice.
“Eighty new special trains or 40 pair of trains will start operating from September 12. Reservations will begin from September 10. These will run in addition to the 230 trains already in operation.” Railway Board Chairman Shri Yadav said.
B) The Indian railway starts clone train service
Clone Trains started by Indian Railways will run ahead of existing trains if there is demand so that there is no waitlist in the particular train.
The national transporter will now have more clarity on the exact demand, based on which it can offer productive routes for these trains. “It is better to run trains on routes where there is more demand, than keeping the assets idle.
Indian railways had suspended all passenger trains services from 25th March due to nationwide lockdown. However, it resumed services in a staggered manner, with Shramik Special trains from 1st May. Thereafter, it started 230 special trains across the country. It will run another 80 special trains from September 12. The additional trains were announced keeping in mind the covid-19 situation.
Running clone trains will help in improving the financial health of Indian Railways.
C) Second Kisan Rail started by Indian Railways
Indian Railways has flagged off India’s second and South India’s first Kisan Rail train service, from Anantapur in the state of Andhra Pradesh to Adarsh Nagar in Delhi. The inaugural run of the train started on 9 September 2020. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy jointly flagged off the Kisan Rail train via video conferencing.
The first Kisan Rail train service on the Indian Railways network was launched on 7 August 2020. The train runs between Devlali in Maharashtra and Danapur in the state of Bihar.
The Kisan Rail consists of 10 parcel vans as well as one luggage cum brake van and operates on a weekly basis.
The Devlali – Danapur Kisan Rail has scheduled halts at Nasik Road, Jalgaon, Manmad, Khandwa, Satna, Bhusaval, Katni, Itarsi, Manikpur, Jabalpur, Buxar, Burhanpur, Prayagraj Chheoki, and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar. Indian Railways believes that the Kisan Rail train service will cater to the needs of small farmers or traders by carrying their perishable items to distant places.
The move is a step towards achieving the goal of doubling the incomes of farmers by 2022, according to the Railway Ministry. Earlier, the ministry had stated that the freight of this train will be charged as per the parcel tariff of Indian Railways’ normal train.
D) Indian Railways to convert sleeper and general coaches with AC coaches
Indian Railways is planning to redesign three-tier sleeper class and unreserved general class coaches as air-conditioned (AC) carriages to improve the passenger travel experience.
The Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala will build the model of the upgraded sleeper class coach. The carriage will feature 83 berths instead of the usual 72.The upgraded variant will be known as AC three-tier Tourist Class, an official told the publication.
The unreserved general class coaches will also be reconfigured as a 100-seater AC Class. The design of the coach is being finalised.
The plan to upgrade the sleeper and general coaches is part of the government’s plan to switch to an all-AC model. However, a formal decision has not been taken.
E) Railway Board takes charge of Vande Bharat Project
The coveted Train 18 project or Vande Bharat project contracts were being undertaken by ICF, but Railway board has taken charge of the 1500cr project and tenders will be floated at Railway Board level. The ICF along with two other production units would be involved in manufacturing the train set after the tender was awarded.
The last three tenders have been cancelled by ICF on technical and other grounds. Train 18 would is an Indian High speed intercity electric multiple unit. The first trail run occurred on 29th October 2018 in Chennai.
The Vande Bharat train was finally flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th February 2019 for trains to run in Delhi-Varanasi route.
F) Hubli Railway station named as Sidharoodha Swamiji Railway station
The Hubli Railway station in Karnataka will be named as Sidharoodha Swamiji Railway station. The state government has proposed and the Home Ministry has no objection on this.
Shree Siddharoodha Swami was an exponent of Advaita philosophy and was known for “simple living, great thinking”. He was born in Bidar in 1836 and achieved salvation in Hubblii in 1929. He preached the oneness of all religions and equality of human beings.
G) Railway to soon link all NE state capitals, Bangladesh: Railway Minister
The central Government is committed for overall development of North-Eastern Region. The state capitals of Guwahati, Agartala and Itanagar have already been connected through Rail network.
A 12-km-long Agartala-Akhaura (Bangladesh) railway project is now under execution to link Tripura’s railway network with Bangladesh’s railway network. Once the project completed, the distance between Tripura and Kolkata would be reduced by 1,100 kilometers.
Question No-1: Hubli is the HQ of which Railway Zone:-
a) Southern Railway
b) South Central Railway
c) South Western Railway
d) South Eastern Railway