Railway Operating Costs
Over the last few years Indian Railway saved 5.4% on expenditure by reducing the operational costs. It is planning to even further curb the operational expenditure by reducing the diesel usage. As per the plan, the railway department is going to reduce the purchase of diesel by Rs.1500 cr which will save the costs by 9% this year. The goods trains in India are powered by diesel engines. A new technology called auxiliary power units will be set up in the goods trains which will reduce the diesel usage.
Go Green – Bottle Recycling
Indian railways installed bottle recycling machine in Mumbai railway station. Rather than throwing the used bottles on tracks and dustbins, passengers can now place these bottles in the recycling machine. This machine accepts bottles with a valid bar-code. This recycling machine processes the bottles instantly. This machine also offers mobile recharges, discounts to the customers as a token of appreciation. There is a plan to setup these machines in 10 more railway stations in Mumbai in a couple of months.
Young Guns as Station Masters
Good news for youth who are looking for jobs in railway stations. Our railway department is going to hire station masters for many railway stations. Priority will be given to youth. Senior station masters will be responsible for managing the railway station and taking care of the comfort of the passengers.
Indian railways introduced executive lounges in the New Delhi railway station. Passengers can now experience airport like experience. Passengers have to pay a nominal charge of Rs.100 per hour to avail these lounges. Facilities like AC, TV and Wifi services will be provided in these lounges. More executive lounges will be introduced in other railway stations as well in the near future.
Thats it with the updates on railways. More to come in the next post. Stay connected.