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By Anurag Paul

Indian Railways had to incur a loss of almost Rs 2,000 crore during the last four years due to passengers not travelling with a valid ticket revealed a ministry statement today.

A huge number which accounts to nearly 45 million people, or more than the population of Argentina, were caught travelling without tickets or with improper tickets over the last four years, leading to a loss of more than Rs. 1,915 crore. Northern Railways topped the chart in 2013-14, with more than 1.9 million people travelling without tickets or with improper tickets.

Ticket less travel is eventually one of the major nuisances faced by the Indian Railways, causing substantial losses to its passenger services. According to Railway ministry, losses have been increasing every year; from 10 paisa per passenger in 2000-01 to 23 paisa in 2012-13.

Central Railway lost the maximum amount (Rs 84 crore) from ticket less travel in 2013-14, followed by Northern Railway (Rs. 76.82 crore) and Western Railway (Rs. 75.44 crore) zones.

The Indian Railways which has one of the largest rail networks in the world is expected to earn more than Rs 50,000 crore over the next financial year of 2015-16.

 

 

 

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Ministry of Railways And Google Launch An Application To Preserve Indian Railways

The Indian Railways started its journey in 1853 between Boribunder and Thane, and has expanded to be the fourth largest railway network in the world.

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Indian Railways is one of the most important and controversial transport in India. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Railways is one of the most important and controversial transport in India. Wikimedia Commons

In a first-of-its-scale heritage mapping and digitisation project, Google and Ministry of Railways on Friday launched a project that aims to preserve the cultural heritage of the Indian Railways.

The two-year digitisation project “The Railways-Lifeline of a Nation” is a comprehensive digital document viewable on Google’s Arts and Culture website. It was launched at the National Rail Museum here.

The project is divided into “Journeys”, “People”, “Heritage” and “Engineering” sections, each containing visual and textual narratives that rail enthusiasts can access for free.

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India has many railways stations famous for various reasons. Wikimedia Commons

It comprises photographs, documentaries, text, virtual tours, 360-degree videos, online exhibits, and maps, pertaining to the Indian Railways.

Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal via video-conferencing said that the project is an experience for the “1.3 billion people of India about what the 1.3 million railway employees are doing for serving them”.

“From the Nilgiri mountains to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Station, let the people of India relive their childhood… through the train journey to Madhira and through the Darjeeling toy train; let’s show them the Kangra Valley, the Kalka-Shimla experience so that it could be enjoyed by someone in Coimbatore or Ooty,” he said.

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Vijayawada Railway Station was constructed in 1888. Wikimedia Commons

Along with several railway lines, the project also documents stories of 32 railway employees including engineers, ticket checkers, trackmen, and shunters.

Also capturing stories from the Indian Railways are other sections like the street art, literature, Bollywood, music, and sports, which demonstrate the inseparability of trains and culture.

The online project will also materialise as digital exhibits at 22 stations in India including New Delhi, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Howrah, Secunderabad and Varanasi, Google said.

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Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal via video-conferencing said that the project is an experience for the “1.3 billion people of India .

The event also saw the inauguration of a permanent exhibition of these online resources in the National Rail Museum premises.

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Notably, the Indian Railways started its journey in 1853 between Boribunder and Thane, and has expanded to be the fourth largest railway network in the world. (IANS)