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Railways kick-starts projects worth Rs. 5,500cr and other major initiatives

10 May 2017 | By Anish Chakraborty
Railways starts key projects, customer friendly initiatives

Suresh Prabhu-led Indian Railways is not chugging to a halt anytime soon, as a fresh batch of initiatives and the go-ahead for projects are here to ensure that the innovation drive doesn't lose its tandem.

The biggie is green lighting 20 projects worth over Rs. 5,500 crore at once while planning to run trains without guards and home-delivery of tickets.

Here's all about it.

In context: Railways starts key projects, customer friendly initiatives

10 May 2017Railways kick-starts projects worth Rs. 5,500cr and other major initiatives

ProjectsPrabhu addresses infrastructural issues

Prabhu's Nagpur leg of projects consisted of railway line projects, FOB (Foot Over Bridge) foundation, and a satellite terminus.

Prabhu remarked, "People's expectations from the Railways have increased but our infrastructure has not gone up as compared to demands. Hence, we are investing Rs. 3.50 lakh crore on various railway projects across Indian Railways and Nagpur will automatically benefit from them."

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Modernization to eliminate human errors

EoTT deviceModernization to eliminate human errors

The Indian Railways is also mulling on floating tenders worth Rs. 100 crore in order to acquire End of Train Telemetry (EoTT) equipment, which will enable them to run trains without guards.

An EoTT device costs around Rs. 10 lakh and Railways will invite financial bids for 1,000 at the starting phase by issuing global tenders and more if the initiative becomes successful.

Home deliveryPay-on-delivery option made available for railway tickets

IRCTC is now offering a pay-on-delivery option for train tickets on its website and app, where the customers can book the tickets and pay when it is delivered.

Pay-on-delivery option will need a one-time registration via Aadhaar or PAN card and charges will be Rs. 90 plus sales tax for tickets less than Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 120 plus tax for those over it.

01 Jun 2017'Buy now, pay later' service now available in Indian Railways

In a soon-to-be-rolled-out feature of the Indian Railways, passengers will be able to book tickets and pay later within 14 days.

This will be a boon for crores, who often face difficulty in making payments due to the IRCTC site's slow speed.

However, customers have to submit details including PAN and Aadhaar; once approved, they will be able to use the service with OTP.

07 Jun 2017Passengers can now transfer their railway tickets to others

Select passengers with confirmed tickets will now be allowed to transfer them to someone else, but only once.

Government servants, family members, marriage parties, students groups from the same institute and NCC cadets would be extended the facility, subject to certain conditions.

In case of groups, not more than 10% of the tickets would be covered under this exemption.