For financial year 2018-19, operating ratio is estimated at 92.8% as against 96% in year 2017-18. There are high hopes on freight earnings with estimated increase of 51 MT in 2018-19. The financial year of 2017-18 has witnessed a reversal of the tendency of low growth in freight loading over the previous 2 years.
Shatabdi, Rajdhani and Duronto trains will very soon have four CCTV cameras each in order to make sure that the passengers are all safe and sound, said a certain railways official.
18 pairs of Duronto, 23 pairs of Rajdhani and 26 pairs of Shatabdi trains would have this facility, the same railways official said on Wednesday.
Vishwesh Chaubey, general manager of Northern Railway, said at a media briefing, “All Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto train coaches are to be fitted with CCTVs — one each on the (two) entry gates and two in the gallery.(corridor)”
Approximately ₹ 3,000 crore were allotted in the recent 2018-19 Union Budget so as to install CCTV camera in all the 11,000 trains gradually, railway officials said.
They added that the ministry was also looking at different options to fund the project, including market sources.
To add to it, they said that the ministry was looking as different options to finance the project, which includes all the market sources.
The project would gradually be extended so as to cover all the premier and suburban services and all the 8,500 stations in the network of railways.
However, Chaube said that the money for the project would be extracted from the Nirbhaya fund.
GM/NR Sh. Chaube shared with the press that all Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duranto train coaches are to be fitted with CCTV.
— Northern Railway (@RailwayNorthern) February 7, 2018
Also, he added that the Northern Railway had achieved all in all, a total originating earnings of ₹ 15,841 crore in 2017-18 (that is, till January), in contrast with the ₹ 15,663 crore registered in the previous year.
The 2018-19 budget announcement has immensely ascended investments by almost three times to ₹ 1,48,528 crore in the aforementioned year in contrast with the ₹ 53,989 crore in the year 2013-14. The highest priority has been provided to the safety of passengers with a total expenditure that was planned under this category, amounting to ₹ 73,065 crore.