Current Affairs – May, 2018

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Mission Raftar: Ministry of Railways organizes one day workshop to raise speed of trains

Ministry of Railways conducted one day workshop Mission Raftaar aimed at raising average speed of freight trains and coaching trains in New Delhi. The workshop was inaugurated by Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Rajen Gohain and Chairman of Railway Board Ashwani Lohani. It was attended by all members of Railway Board along with General Managers of Zonal Railways & Senior Railway officers were present on occasion.

Mission Raftar

The mission aims at doubling average speed of freight trains and increasing average speed of coaching trains by 25kmph over a five year period. It was launched as part of strategy of Indian Railways to keep pace with growing competition from competing modes viz. road and airlines etc. Under it, specific actions and policy decisions have been initiated on railways for addressing different factors inhibiting average speeds.

Under it, major constraints to rail mobility such as non-uniform sectional speeds have been identified and multi-pronged strategy has been developed to overcome the existing impediments due to fixed infrastructure, movable infrastructure, operational practices and institutional mechanisms.


The mission will help to reduce travel time for passengers, transit time for cargo, reduce operational cost, improve revenues and railway’s market share and also reduce pollution as railways in considered environment friendly and economical mode of transport. Principal routes of railways on Golden Quadrilateral (Delhi-Mumbai-Chennai-Kolkatta) along with diagonals which carry approximately 58% of freight traffic and 52% of coaching traffic has been taken up for initial emphasis of the mission.

Month:  Categories: Governance & PoliticsGovernment Schemes & Projects


IRCTC Next Generation e-Ticketing System: Ministry of Railways launches new user interface

Union Ministry of Railways has launched new user interface of its Next Generation e-Ticketing (NGeT) System on Indian Railway’s Online Travel Portal ( Through NGeT system, Indian Railways new online ticket booking system provides user-friendly, easy and fast way of booking rail tickets by automating journey planning and purchase of tickets. It was launched as part of Union Government’s Digital India’ initiative to harness power of technology and in making lives easier for citizens of India.

Features of New User Interface of NGeT System

Using it user can now enquire and search trains and also check availability of seats without logging in the system, thereby saving time of the users. They also can now change font size of website for comfortable viewing.

It will provide enhanced class-wise, train-wise, destination-wise, departure and arrival time wise and quota-wise filters for facilitating customer while planning their journeys. It also arranges information about train including train no, train name, originating and destination station and distances between them, arrival and departure time and journey time on single screen information.

It also has new features for payments such as My Transactions which will help user to view their booked tickets based on Booking Date, Journey Date, Upcoming Journey and completed journey. It also has waitlist prediction which will allow user to get probability of wait-listed or RAC tickets getting confirmed.

It also has journey planner page, history of all journeys, bookings, cancellation. User can find out availability for entire Advance Reservation Period (of 120 days), except for few trains in improvised page. User can perform multiple activities through booked history with improved interface for cancellation of tickets, printing of tickets, request for additional SMS, selecting alternative train and change of boarding point if required.

Month:  Categories: Science & Technology