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HindustanTimes Mon,15 Sep 2014

Railways to run 17 premium AC special trains

Encouraged by the success of a premium AC special train between Delhi and Mumbai, Railways have decided to run 17 more such trains in busy routes and explore the possibility of running semi-high speed trains between 160-200 kmph to Chandigarh and Agra from New Delhi.

Rail Tariff Authority for transparency in fare decision: Kharge

Ushering in a new pricing regime through a transparent process, railway minister Mallikarjun Khrage on Wednesday announced in the interim rail budget constitution of an independent Rail Tariff Authority (RTA) to advise the government on fixing of fares and freight.

Waitlisted passengers to get automatic SMS alert

Giving importance to the role of information technology in rail operation, railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday spelt out a series of steps including SMS alert and online booking of meals in trains in the interim Rail Budget 2014-15.

Interim rail budget: more trains, fare cuts likely

Railway minister M Mallikarjun Kharge plans to hold out promises of a possible reduction in train fares while presenting the ministry’s vote on accounts in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Railways targets record Rs. 1.6 lakh crore revenue in 2014-15

Anticipating healthier economic growth, the Railways has targeted a record Rs 1.6 lakh crore in revenue for the next financial year, while no increase has been proposed in passenger fares and freight rates.

From kullads to Wifi: Railways take tech leap for a smooth journey

Mobile e-ticketing, SMS alerts on train schedules, a new online ticketing system, free wifi, GPS-enabled passenger verification as Bansal turns away from Lalu's earthy solutions to technology to help passengers. Charu Sudan Kasturi reports.

Bansal’s rail budget 2013-14: reforms, populism share berth

In the first railway budget by a Congressman in 17 years, minister Pawan Kumar Bansal sought to walk a tightrope by combining political compulsions with fiscal prudence. Srinand Jha reports.

106 new trains announced in railway budget 2013-14

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on Tuesday announced 106 new trains, including 67 express trains and 26 passenger trains, in the railway budget for 2013-14.

Highlights of Union railway budget 2013-14

Highlights of the railway budget presented in the Lok Sabha Tuesday by Union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

Rail budget 2013-14: reservation, tatkal charges hiked

Though the Railway Minister did not propose any increase in basic rail fares, the hike in reservation fees and supplementary charges will mean an increase of Rs. 5 to Rs. 25 in fares for all classes in superfast trains.
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