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Gour Express: আমের শহর মালদা থেকে রোজ যায় শিয়ালদা - Joydeep Roy

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Feb 13 2017 (09:05)   China is way ahead of India in terms of railway investment: Suresh Prabhu - The Hindu

MCPNBR~   838 news posts
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India is way behind China on investment in railway, including border infrastructure, says Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, even as he defends the government’s delivery record in MoUs with other countries such as Japan, China and Korea
In terms of India’s ambitions abroad, where does the Indian Railways hope to grow?
We already have connectivity with Bangladesh and we would like to improve on that with more lines. Also with Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar. The budget allocation for the North-East has increased dramatically just to take this in. Connecting to our neighbours is definitely
a priority.
How much is competition with China an issue for you?
China has invested every year what we plan to invest in five years. Till 2014, when we came to power, they would invest in 6 months what we did in 5 years. We will now increase our investment to $142 billion over the next five years, and we are on track to do that, but that will still be nothing compared to China’s investment. China is way ahead of us in terms of railways investment. In any case, if India wants to have overall infrastructure of a good quality, we must step up railway infrastructure.
We are always constrained by the fact that the Finance Ministry will have limited resources, and won’t be able to give us more investment. So, for the first time we have looked at extra-budget resources. In the Finance Minister’s budget speech, he said they would allocate ₹1,31,000 crore for railways, of which the gross budgetary support is ₹55,000 crore. So the balance will come from extra-budget resources which is part of the Consolidated Fund of India. Finance ministry has told us to raise the funds ourselves, which we can do at a cheaper rate. The question you are asking is very valid, which is about China’s deep infrastructure spending which is much greater than ours.
Particularly when it comes to border infrastructure, given how Chinese railway comes right up to its frontiers with India in Tibet, along Arunachal Pradesh etc, how will the railways compete?
We are working closely with the Ministry of Defence on this and the MoD will take calls on what lines are important for them, and we will support them fully on all these strategic issues.
Do you think India would also consider linking up with the Chinese lines that are being laid for the OBOR (One Belt One Road) project for neighbourhood connectivity?
Again, physical connectivity can always be discussed by the Railways, but strategic issues go beyond that. So there has to be the larger perspective and the MEA and MoD will decide on these things. We, as the Ministry of Railways, would be able to implement their decisions. There is a plan to connect Asia on one side and Eurasia on the other…that is already a plan. But it’s not going to happen in a hurry since the investment required will be huge. But certain ideas are there: for example the plan to link to Myanmar by railway will take us to South-East Asia as well. Eventually though, our domestic agenda..., the huge backlog of investments in India itself will come first and will take years to cover. Whatever you see today in terms of problems in the Railways is a result of a lack of investment in the Railways for decades. It is inconceivable that we can solve the problem of decades in a few years.
You are the first Rail Minister of India to not present a Rail Budget. Do you feel bad about it?
If you look at my first two Budgets, this is a continuation of the same thing. It doesn’t matter as long as the Railways benefit.
What about the other end of the spectrum? The MoU for Ahmedabad-Mumbai rail has been signed at ₹97,000 crore, but it begs the question, couldn’t the money be spent on other areas where the Railways needs to spend?
Is that money available for other public service obligations, then? Will Japan give us this money for other projects?
Is it viable at all? The fact is that for such a short route you may need to charge over ₹3,000 per ticket which is more than the airfare at present…
This is what the feasibility study by NITI Aayog says, you should ask them. JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency) has also accepted the study.
Another issue for these international agencies is delivery, particularly on land acquisition delays. On this project, Maharashtra refused to give land identified for the train terminals, for example. How do you plan to work around this?
That was not a problem from the Railways side. We have reached out to them and now Maharashtra and Gujarat governments are discussing this issue and they are on board to find land. There are issues but we are able to solve them.

1 Public Posts - Mon Feb 13, 2017

Feb 13 2017 (13:31)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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India is way behind China in terms of railways. Anyone thinking that we can match them in railways is fooling himself. They are already running high speed bullet trains while we are only just getting started. As the RM said in the article, our budgetary allocation is a mere fraction of what the Chinese invest and that too, goes into running of poorly planned trains[for election purposes] or combating accidents[that have proliferated recently].

7 Public Posts - Mon Feb 13, 2017

Feb 13 2017 (15:25)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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We first ran trials for 160 kmph capable trains back in the 60s but it took us more than 50 years to get it running. Howrah Rajdhani still follows approx. the same time table as when it was introduced. We barely did anything in the 70s and 80s in terms of railway improvements. China, economicallly, was worse than us till the 70s but they rose meteorically after that.

Feb 13 2017 (15:29)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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China democratic nahi hai. In terms of free speech, India is way ahead of them.
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Dec 30 2016 (15:27)   12223/Mumbai LTT - Ernakulam AC Duronto Express | UD/Udupi (2 PFs) | KYN/WDM-3D
K Ramakrishna Kini~   1587 blog posts
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1 compliments
12223 Mumbai LTT Ernakulam AC Duronto Express entering PLTF 1 of Udupi on a rainy day to cross a north bound RO-RO train.

Feb 13 2017 (13:35)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Woah, now that is a good shot!

1 Public Posts - Mon Feb 13, 2017
Rail Fanning
Feb 09 2017 (22:30)   12417/Prayagraj Express (PT) | ALD/Allahabad (10 PFs)
A chaturvedi RF~   631 blog posts
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Pr 144. 44kmph between saiyid sarawarn and sujaatput...
Saiyid 22:05 sujaatpur22:16

Feb 09 2017 (22:35)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Saiyid 2205 hrs; Kanwar 2227 hrs; The average speed comes out to ~129 kmph which is possible since it is a 130 kmph route.

2 Public Posts - Thu Feb 09, 2017
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Feb 08 2017 (21:55)   08639X/Ranchi - Lucknow AC Special Fare Special | RNC/Ranchi Junction (6 PFs)
Guest: 6ccffc36   show all posts
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norml sleeper will be better
Ranchi - lucknow ac spl
Using which rake?
Hte ers ac?

10 Public Posts - Wed Feb 08, 2017

32 Public Posts - Thu Feb 09, 2017

Feb 09 2017 (22:28)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Ah, finally they gave a train for LKO-RNC. But, I still think that it won't work; this route needed a normal express train[with GN+SL+AC coaches]; by providing a AC special fare, they are just making it tougher to get passengers for themselves. A lot will depend on the demand, but a full AC train is tough to fill on this route[LKO-BCT AC only recently got a full AC train].

3 Public Posts - Thu Feb 09, 2017
Dec 29 2016 (12:07)   12828/Purulia - Howrah SF Express | KGP/Kharagpur Junction (12 PFs)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
Entry# 2109063            Tags   Past Edits
Journey from KGP to LKO via HWH
Date of Journey:30 Nov 2016
I boarded PRR-HWH Exp from KGP. It was running 15 mins late. Got a nice window seat to myself[had it reserved]. The train flew by the intermediate stations before being trolled in the SRC HWH stretch[PS KGP also has WiFi by Railwire now]. Reached HWH 30 mins late at 1145 hrs
reaching HWH had a nice meal at KFC. My train Kumbha Exp was running 2 hrs late[RT is 1300 hrs]. I thought of checking into the cloak room but it took much time. Decided to wait in the upper class waiting room[it wasn’t that great. The anenties are avg, no AC was working, you do get a nice view of HWH bridge though]. Back to the PF at 1500 hrs[my train was scheduled to depart at 1600 hrs now]. Saw a Shatabdi[NJP one I guess]. HWH has a pathetic wifi system[the old 30 mins one, didn’t even work correctly]. Finally my train arrived. I had a Window seat in 3A but someone else[she had the middle berth] was occupying the window seat. I had to show my god damn ticket to claim my seat. Eitherways the train started running with only a brief unscheduled stop between HWH and ASN. At ASN, 12301 OT us via the adjacent PF. I was feeling sleepy so went to sleep. Woke up at 0030 hrs to see my train entering PNBE.Went back to sleep before waking at 0700 hrs to find ourselves in the MGS-BSB stretch. Went back to sleep. Woke up to find myself in the dense fog at Jaunpur. Went back to sleep. Woke at 1030 hrs when train was few km behind Sultanpur. Did footplating then for the next 3 hrs upto LKO. Xing with Begumpura at Nihalgarh. LKO outers trolled us for 30+ minutes. Reached LKO at 1445 hrs with a delay of ~7 hrs.
Photos shall be uploaded soon.

Edit:Photos are up. I would have uploaded them in a single thread but IRI on mobile kinda sucks in terms of stability.

Dec 29 2016 (12:11)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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View of KGP, early morning.

Dec 29 2016 (12:13)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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KGP PF 2/4

Dec 29 2016 (12:16)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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HWH bridge from Waiting room at HWH station.

Dec 29 2016 (12:18)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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NJP Shatabdi at HWH

Dec 29 2016 (12:20)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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View of HWH in the afternoon[around 1530 hrs].

Dec 29 2016 (12:21)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Kumbha Exp at PNBE post midnight

Dec 29 2016 (12:23)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Outers of LKO[around 1430 hrs]

Dec 29 2016 (14:29)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Nihalgarh. Any chance of this being #SB.

1 Public Posts - Thu Dec 29, 2016

Jan 31 2017 (20:06)
Mayank Singh~   2373 blog posts
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Koi to dekh lo post bhai :p
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