Indian Railways (IR) is at the cusp of transformation.
The soon-to-be-introduced Train 18, capable of hitting 180 kmph, replacement of level crossings by road over / road under bridges, better passenger amenities, construction of the dedicated freight corridor and the high-speed railways, besides the rapid pace of doubling and electrification are aimed at taking the national transporter to its next version IR 2.0.
The makeover of one of India’s best process-driven organizations has been necessitated due to capacity constraints, burgeoning population and their expectations, and the usual disruptors – technology, competing modes of transport, and rapid changes in its freight loading mix.
When Okhil Chandra Sen wrote the famous ‘jackfruit letter’ in 1909, to the Sahibganj divisional railway office, toilets were introduced in trains.
Until recently, the Railway budget speech by the Rail Minister was one of the most-awaited events in the Lok Sabha as it outlined the works completed and the future works to be done by IR. Trains became synonymous with rail ministers (Jayanti Janata, Sampark Kranti, Garib Rath, and Duronto ) and so were the liveries ( colour schemes) until IR decided to paint every train blue.
Being one of world’s largest employers, Indian Railways covers virtually every corner of the country and fosters economic development.
The genesis of this portal- www.railpost.in is to fulfil the perceived gap in objectively analysing the national transporter’s activities and decision making. Happy Reading.