It seeks compensation for public service obligations, like running unremunerative passenger and commuter services and carrying essential commodities at subsidised rates, currentlycosting Rs 1,800 crore for commercially unviable but socially relevant projects, the paper suggests funding through outright grants without dividend liability for execution and operation of such projects.
MAJOR FARE HIKE COMING?
Speculation abounds regarding the new rail budget. Obviously the new budget won't be able to support the past rate of new construction and guage conversion done for political purpose, but the real question is whether passenger fares will be raised substantially. International lenders such as World Bank would like to see Indian Railways change to a more commercial basis. The subsidization of passenger service with freight revenue seems to be contrary to what international lenders want to see.
UNIGUAGE A DISASTER? The project to convert all of India's Railways to one guage (Broad Guage: 5 feet 6 inches)may have been a sensible well
intentioned plan at the time of conception, but now many years later questions are being raised.
Should Uniguage take priority over overall capacity improvement and system safety? Is the laying of new track alongside an older meter guage line using up resources that
are needed to upgrade major trunk routes ? Will container trains make guage change irrelevant for freight cargo? Will passengers really benifit from the guage changes on relatively minor lines?
See what the Buisness Standard has to say about Uniguage
Official IR Websites
Western Railway Website Complete with Timetables Map and pictures of Steam Locomotives!
National Rail Museum
Controller of Stores, Northeast Frontier Railway
Official Fairy Queen Website, See the world's oldest working steam locomotive.
"Rekindle the Romance"
Railway Staff College
Shortcut to RSC journal : Abhivyakti.
New IR Websites:
DHRS(A) The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (Australia)
DHRS(UK) The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Society (United Kingdom)
Spectacular Indian Model Railway Photos!
Rails on Stilts
Victory for Calcutta Trams!
Last Years Railway Budget (1997-1998 released February, 1997)Summary or
(Indian Express Feb 27,97 New Delhi)
Ticketing a Success
Indian Railway Fan Club
Railway Museum in Delhi
Museum is located to the South of Delhi, Close to Chanakayapuri.
It is home to the worlds oldest working steam locomotive also the oldest existing
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