Mumbai-bound Duronto Express derailed

Mumbai-bound Duronto Express coming from Nagpur, on Tuesday early morning derailed in Maharashtra’s Tiwala district. Nine bogies and the engine came off the tracks as heavy rains had washed away a part of the tracks. According to officials there were no casualties recorded. This has also resulted in delays of other trains arriving from Nagpur and Nashik. Travel by suburban trains for those staying beyond Kalyan station has also been badly hit.


While the exact cause of the mishap is not clear yet, but according to sources it is understood that the landslides were the main reason which were caused due to heavy rains in the Kasara Ghats section since the past three days. Officials, however, said the actual cause will be ascertained after an inquiry.
A senior CR official as quoted by TOI said, “The cause of the derailment is a sudden landslide which occurred due to heavy rains. The engine driver did excellent job of applying emergency breaks. As far as preliminary inquiry is concerned, we have not come across any major injuries. The stranded passengers are being shifted to destination by buses and taxis.”
This is the third major train incident in the past two weeks. On 23rd August Delhi-bound Kaifiyat express derailed in Auraiya district, Uttar Pradesh injuring close to 81 people. On August 19, Kalinga Utkal express ran off the tracks in Muzaffarnagar killing 22 people.
India’s railway network is the fourth largest in the world by distance and is also the main form of travel for most of the people of the country, with 22 million passengers commuting daily.


Sources: Hindustan Times, NDTV

Railway hikes passenger fares in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto.

In a bold move, the Railway Ministry has brought in a reform to increase the fare prices of the Duronto, Rajdhani and Shatabdi express trains. Even after the hike, the railway is still the cheapest mode of travel for a common man. The decision has been made on the model of dynamic fare system in vogue in the aviation sector. The flexi fare system will be introduced in the II AC, III AC, Chair Car in the three trains where the 10 per cent of the seats will be sold in the normal fare in the beginning but it will go on increasing by every 10 per cent with every 10 per cent berths sold with a maximum cap of 50 per cent. The I AC and the Executive Class has not been included in this system because of the already prevailing high fares. The sleeper class will also be charged in the Duronto Trains. While the maximum hike for II AC and Chair Car will be 50 per cent, for III AC, it will be 40 per cent. The Ministry targets to earn Rs. 500 crore from 42 Rajdhani, 46 Shatabdi and 54 Duronto trains by introducing the flexi fare system. It targets to achieve Rs. 51,000 crores of revenue which is passenger induced in contrast to the Rs. 45,000 crore in the last fiscal year, an increase of Rs. 6000 crore in 2016-17. There will be hardly any difficulty for the common man to avail to the railway services as the majority of the population use the unreserved segment where there is no price hike. The aforementioned train mostly cater to the high-end category of the passenger segment and comprises of a small segment of the population.A price hike in the railway was much needed as the carrier service had been facing losses in the passenger segment. As mentioned by Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha in the Lok Sabha inApril, the total loss incurred by the Ministry in the passenger segment was Rs. 33,490.95 crore in the financial year 2015. While railways’ primary mandate is to make cheaper travelling possible for the common man, it is in the interest of the public that railways remain operationally viable to stay here for long.