The present strength of RPF is not adequate for providing security on railway premises and on board trains, especially to women, a parliamentary committee has said while calling for the strength of the rail guardian force to be increased at the earliest.
The position of ladies' compartments in local and passenger trains should be shifted to the middle, a Parliamentary panel has mooted, noting that placing them at the rear of a train posed a security threat to women.
Indian Railways has opened reservation counters at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) to provide immediate rail tickets to people evacuated to Delhi from quake-hit to help them undertake their onward journeys in a smooth manner.
Railways is facing an "existential crisis" because it was systematically ignored for long by favouring the road sector, Railways minister Suresh Prabhu said but ruled out the stock market route by making it a listed PSU like ONGC to raise funds.
To provide a comfortable experience to passengers waiting for their train, executive lounges, offering a range of modern facilities such as TV and Wi-Fi connectivity, will come up at 50 major railway stations across the country.
In a bid to tackle complaints of trains running behind schedule and delay due to stoppages at outer signal, Northern Railway has decided to remodel yards of busy stations like Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore has asked railways to extend free passes to recipients of Sena Medal, saying that while the awardees of police medal get this facility, those conferred with the military honour, which is higher in precedence, have been "strangely" left out.
In perhaps it's biggest ever operation, 500 CBI officers along with vigilance officers of Indian railways carried countrywide joint surprise checks at 65 locations unearthing major irregularities in the weighment of freight carried in trains.
Sniffing a major scam of at least Rs 4,000 crore in the railways, CBI is likely to file a case soon into alleged under-reporting of the actual weight of loaded goods wagons through the manipulation of software by officials.
IRCTC is planning to offer a new service of 'baggage insurance' for passengers. Under this, a customer will be offered additional services like insurance coverage for baggage while booking e-tickets on the IRCTC website.
With China planning to build a rail link between Tibet and Nepal, Indian Railways has decided to provide strategic requirement in infrastructure along the border and is working out the details with Defence Ministry.
With cases of misuse of concession tickets coming to the fore, Railways have decided to undertake a slew of measures including issuing an I-card to patients eligible for benefit to curb revenue leakage.