First private train service from Kerala launched by Princy World Travels in partnership with SRMPR Global Railways on June 4, offering routes to Mumbai, Goa, and Ayodhya with a capacity for 750 passengers. The train includes 2 sleeper class bogies, 11 third class AC coaches, and 2 second class AC coaches, along with 60 staff, medical experts, food, Wi-Fi, GPS, and star hotel accommodations and sightseeing packages.

Kochi Metro Rail (KMRL) pioneers digital ticketing with Google Wallet, the first metro in India to adopt this technology, simplifying ticketing and expected to increase ridership. Passengers can purchase QR code tickets through the app and even cancel them, streamlining the travel experience. The system will soon extend to Kochi Water Metro (KWML) services.

The ‘Make in India’ initiative sees the launch of a 100m steel bridge over the Vadodara-Ahmedabad main line for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train project, showcasing India’s indigenous technical capabilities. The steel bridge, weighing 1,486 MT, was fabricated in Gujarat and transported to the site, using a unique painting technique.

Indian Railways aims to earn Rs.54 billion from scrap sales in fiscal 2024-25, an increase from the previous year’s target. Northern Railways, with a record-high scrap sale in the previous fiscal year, has been tasked to increase sales further. Scrap includes rails, P-way materials, condemned coaches, locomotives, wagons, and various other items like bogies, metal odds and ends, used batteries, and electrical items.

RailTel Corporation of India partners with Quadrant Future Tek to explore and implement train collision avoidance system projects, including KAVACH, in India and abroad. KAVACH’s implementation on the Indian Railways network is a priority for RailTel, aiming to enhance safety measures.

Additionally, Indian Railways is focusing on enhancing safety measures through various initiatives. It is investing in the implementation of the train collision avoidance system, KAVACH, to prevent accidents. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RailTel Corporation of India and Quadrant Future Tek aims to explore and deliver KAVACH implementation projects not only in India but also in other countries. This initiative reflects the railways’ commitment to adopting advanced technologies to ensure the safety of passengers and goods. Furthermore, Indian Railways continues to modernise its infrastructure and services to meet the growing demands of passengers and freight transportation, aiming to provide efficient, safe, and sustainable railway transportation across the country.