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Binoo Nair

  • Suresh Prabhu can keep his promises only if he takes railways the MRVC way

    The railways will require a whopping Rs 8.56 lakh crore between 2015 and 2019 in various sectors to get up and running at full steam.

    Tuesday, 3 March 2015 - 5:00am
  • Rail Budget 2015: More hits than misses

    The first railway budget by banker-turned-politician Suresh Prabhu is getting a thumbs-up for two reasons — its wholehearted emphasis on trying to increase capacity of congested main rail routes and for going full throttle on the electrification of the lines. However, the fact that the...

    Friday, 27 February 2015 - 5:50am
  • Railways makes Rs2 crore token allocation for Mumbai Urban Transport Project phase-3

    The good news is that the Rs11,441-crore phase-3 of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) comprising six important railway projects has been announced in the railway budget and has made its way to the all-important Pink Book, which details all the projects sanctioned for the year. The bad news...

    Friday, 27 February 2015 - 5:30am
  • Speeding up development of railway land vital but will increase encroachment: Officials

    The railway minister's announcement that the railways will go in for digital mapping of its land to ensure the plots are not encroached upon and also take action against officials who turn a blind eye to such encroachments couldn't have come any sooner, say railway officials.

    Friday, 27 February 2015 - 5:25am
  • All speech, no speed show

    The nation might be waiting with bated breath to hear what the railway minister announces during his budget, but the fact is that it is only the start of what sometimes is a painfully slow process. For many years now, the railway budget is turning into an 'all speech, no speed' show. DNA...

    Friday, 27 February 2015 - 5:25am
  • All pan 120-day advance reservation booking period

    The railway budget announcement that advance reservation period for long-distance tickets would be extended to 120 days from the current 60 has got an overwhelming thumbs-down from commuters, officials as well as railway activists.

    Friday, 27 February 2015 - 5:15am
  • 'Bihar special' railway budget or achche din for Konkan Railway, Mumbai debates

    The speculation about what goodies railway minister Suresh Prabhu has for the hapless commuter reached fever pitch on Wednesday, with just about everybody with an opinion more than willing to wager his money on what would make it to chartered accountant-cum-banker-turned-politician Prabhu's...

    Thursday, 26 February 2015 - 6:15am
  • Mumbai sends its wish list to railway minister Suresh Prabhu

    If the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government swept to power on the back of a promise of ushering in Achche din (better days) for the masses, the railway budget on Thursday should be a perfect time to make a start.

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015 - 7:18pm
  • Mumbai ports losing out to Gujarat counterparts

    Central Railway struggles with port woes as Western Railway thunders ahead in freight earnings

    Monday, 23 February 2015 - 6:31am
  • BMC's high FSI development plan raises railway hopes

    The new 20-year Development Plan (DP) proposed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) – from 2014 to 2034 – has raised hopes among railway officials in the city that it might breathe life into the comatose plans for the commercial development of railway land.

    Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 5:00am