Indian Railways (reporting mark IR) is an Indian state-owned enterprise, owned and operated by the government of India through the Ministry of Railways. It is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising 115,000 km of track over a route of 65,000 km and 7,500 stations. IR carries about 7,500 million passengers annually or more than 20 million passengers daily (more than a half of which are suburban passengers) and 2.8 million tons of freight daily. In 2011-2012 Indian Railways earned 104,278.79 crore which consists of 69,675.97 crore from freight and 28,645.52 crore from passengers tickets. Railways were first introduced to India in 1853 from Bombay to Thane. In 1951 the systems were nationalized as one unit, the Indian Railways, becoming one of the largest networks in the world. IR operates both long distance and suburban rail systems on a multi-gauge network of broad, metre and narrow gauges....
Gayatri Goswami updated the Discussion
on Apr 16, 2013 , 12:52 pm
100 years of Railways, have things changed?
Its the 160th anniversary of the First passenger train in India, but sadly nothing has changed for Indian railways.Besides being one of the biggest rail network in the world, its one of the dirtiest.Dirty toilets, unhygienic food, sad infrastructure more »
Thanks Respected Indian Railway Minister for not Raising Basic Railway Fares. But news of Proposed Hike in Superfast Express Surcharge and Periodic Fuel Surcharge disheartened me. more »
Rail e-tickets to cost more
Railway passengers buying e-tickets will have to shell out more from April with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) deciding to pass on the service tax burden to them.At present, the IRCTC charges Rs 10 per e-ticket for more »