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1.Bhopal rail workshop to start rolling out luxury coaches soon

Indian Railways has planned an ambitious pilot project to revamp the interiors of the rail coaches of all res-erved classes in a bid to create a ‘homely’ atmosphere during rail journeys.


2.Foundation stone laid for new railway line between Belur Math and Belur stations

The railway ministry recently laid the foundation stone for construction of a new railway line between Belur Math and Belur stations.


3.Ministry clears railway line between Hazaribagh and Shivpur

The proposed 49 km railway line connecting Hazaribagh railway station with Shivpur,Chatra has been cleared by the railway ministry.Preliminary work was done on the construction of the new line. After completion it would be significant for the economic development of both districts, which do not have rail links.


4.Railways to borrow $10 bn in 2012-13 via IRFC

The Railway ministry plans to borrow about Rs 500 bn from the market via Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) in the 2012-13 fiscal.


5.Budget lays emphasis on capacity enhancement

The Railway ministry announced in the 2012-13 budget that the signalling system and 19,000 km of tracks would be modernised in the coming year.


6.Foot over bridge at Mangalore Central soon

The Railway Ministry is building a foot over bridge at Mangalore Central that will be completed by year end including work at Palghat stations.


7.Cabinet approves rail link project to connect Imphal

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) approved the Railway Ministry's proposal to extend the new broad gauge rail-link from Imphal Road (Tupul) to Imphal and the updated cost of the entire project is Rs 4,444 crore. This will cover Imphal East, Tamenglong and Senapati districts of Manipur. This Jiribam-Imphal new line project, on completion, will provide rail connectivity to Imphal with the national mainstream. It will be completed by March 2016.


8.Centre okays three railway lines to Karnataka

The Union Railway Ministry has approved three new railway lines Gadag-Wadi, Kengeri-Chamrajnagar and Srinivasapura-Madanapall in Karnataka.


9.Ready to roll

There's finally some action on the much-vaunted Dedicated Freight Corridor Project. Better late than never. The delay of almost two years in the execution of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project had raised doubts over its final completion.


10.India to invite bids for freight corridor project by May

By next May, the Railway Ministry will invite bids for the first phase of the 1,483-km western freight corridor. The move is part of a strategy to de-congest freight lines and accommodate the growing industrial traffic. The 640-km project-part of the 920 km Rewari-Vadodara stretch-is awaiting approval from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is funding the project, to begin financial bidding.