RC Acharya

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The proof of the privatisation pudding…

How efforts play out in FY22 will set the tone for what becomes of the agenda

They had incurred a loss of Rs 4,826 crore in 1995-96, of which the top nine accounted for over Rs 2,367 crore of losses, nearly 50% of the total!

Indian Railways get Budget booster; Infra allocations lay the ground for privatisation

Availability of funds is no longer an issue, as is evident from Budget FY22 that provides the highest-ever total capital expenditure plan of Rs 2,15,058 crore, comprising Rs 1,07,100 crore as budgetary support and the remaini

Thanks to Covid-19, the passenger earnings in FY21, dropped steeply from the budgeted Rs 61,000 crore to a revised estimate of Rs 15,000 crore while the freight business had a slight dip from Rs 1,47,000 crore to Rs 1,24,184 crore.

Indian Railways: From freight to super-freight

The DFC will herald an era of fast, safe and timetabled running of freight trains

Conceptualised a decade ago, the plan to win back freight business began with the creation of a special purpose vehicle, i.e. the Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India Ltd (DFCCIL), in October 2006.

Indian Railways: Tech for cutting down the flab

Consisting of a gadget that is placed on the coupler of the last wagon, it has a red flashing light that indicates to the SM that the train passing through his station is intact, enabling him to clear the section for another

Train examiners may not be required to issue a certificate for air pressure on the last vehicle, as it would be automatically indicated on the locomotive itself.

On track for harmonisation: Railways has done well to implement learnings from the Chinese model

The new breed of Railway Engineers would have to be a jack of all trades and master of none. However, they would master a particular discipline as they progress in their chosen discipline.

Indian Railways: Fast-tracking of pending projects

The Covid-19 restrictions on the running of trains allowed for ‘traffic blocks’ needed to undertake upgradation pending for years

Coronavirus pandemic and changing global supply chains

It seems the complexities of doing business in India have offset the advantages of low labour costs

Understandably, the US-China trade war is far from over, and the two nations share a deep mutual mistrust.

On track for privatisation? India must keep British Rail’s privatisation disaster in mind to avoid similar pitfalls

While investment by the private sector is most welcome, it should not end up with a lot of rolling stock being purchased, and with no matching maintenance facility being created. The operator may simply walk away while banks

Moreover, the proposed private trains will be sharing track space with other passenger and freight trains, which could lead to disputes for precedence.

How Indian Railways can lead the the charge towards Atmanirbhar Bharat

With a fully computerised design & development cell equipped with the state-of-the-art computer facilities, it also uses strain gauge testing and squeeze test procedures for prototypes before the commencement of series produc

Railways is now planning to speed up electrification, resulting in reduced demand for diesel locomotives, so a scale down of production at DLW will be inevitable.

Uncontainable strategy: Double Stack dwarf Containers can make CWC relevant again

The Central Warehousing Corporation, however, has been spared. Part of the food security chain, it manages 419 warehouses across the country and is charged with providing logistics support to the agricultural sector.

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Road safety: India needs policy of surprise checks and frequent monitoring

In the US, with its heavy reliance on road transport, the process of issuing a driving license is a serious business. Applicants often fail multiple times before they are granted driving licenses

The traffic police do carry out ‘radar’ speeds checks for over speeding, but such exercises are few and far between. (Representational image)

An innovative approach to improve train punctuality needed

The process of ‘killing the goose that lays the golden eggs’ began with the inimitable Jaffer Sharief and continued unabated through political heavy weights such as Ram Vilas Paswan, Nitish Kumar, Ram Naik, Mamata Banerje

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Reducing the trade deficit with China

Given intensive G2G and B2B talks, and gaining from the fallout of China-US trade war, India should be able to reduce its trade deficit with China.

US-China trade war holds a vast potential for India

The Department of Commerce has identified 774 product lines in which China’s imports from the US as well as India’s exports to the world are substantial

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Clean Yamuna soon? If all of Delhi Jal Board’s plans materialise, the river may yet be saved

Like many Indian rivers, Yamuna suffers the distinction of being grossly abused and polluted. As the main water body of Delhi NCR, with its politically charged environment and scores of activists, its state has also attracted

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Namami Gange: With 1,109 industries discharging toxic effluents, it is a long way to go

With 1,109 gross polluting industries discharging toxic effluents into the Ganga, it is a long way to go.

NBCFDC: Offering finances at nominal interest rates to save needy from loan sharks

Success stories may not hit the headlines, but do lead to a significant change in the lives of the rural as well as urban poor.

Indian Railways as trailblazer: Train 18 can be a game-changer for intercity commuters

Its latest is Train 18, which can be a game-changer for intercity commuters.

CONCOR is on a growth path

Introduction of ‘Dwarf’ double-stack containers has opened up opportunities.

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Ending unmanned level crossings

ULCs on broad-gauge lines reduced from 6,117 in Jan 2017 to 2,584 in Aug 2018

Indian Railways new dwarf containers have 67% more volume; could be a game-changer in capturing high-end traffic

Vamana, or the ‘dwarf’ container, is the latest of Indian Railways’ initiatives that is expected to grow into a giant, capturing high-end traffic it lost to the road sector over the years when, in the 1980s, end-to-end

Investment of Rs 61,746.67 crore in 81 projects in UP can generate 2,12,762 jobs

A ‘visible’ progress on the ground will determine the fate of these projects, and that of Modi for his foray into 2019 polls, as the time is now for the PM to deliver on the crucial job front.

Here is India’s oil story

The colonial era saw the first oilfield being developed by the Assam Oil Company, a private entity, in Digboi in Tinsukia district of Assam, where oil was discovered barely eight years after Edwin L Drake drilled the world’

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How to make cities resilient

First and foremost, creating a Chief Resilience Officer's post in the city administration/local government hierarchy; this office is to be the nodal office for implementation of various suggestions as and when funds are made

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Why MSMEs need more than mere promises on ‘ease of doing business’ and slogans such as ‘Make in India’

After the agriculture sector, the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector is the second-largest employment generator, providing 80% of jobs with just 20% of investment.

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Narendra Modi’s employment woes: How Aadhaar-based headcount can help

In order to ensure that the unemployed are not forced to beg or take up crime and other unsocial activities, the US had, as early as in 1935, passed the Social Security Act, under which the Unemployment Insurance programme wa

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What can India learn from Singapore

What can India learn from Singapore, the multi-ethnic, multi-religious state.

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