Indian Railways Current Affairs - 2020

Shramik Trains generated Rs 360 crores revenue

The Railway Board recently informed that the Indian Railways has carried 4,450 Shramik trains so far carrying 6 million migrant workers generating revenue of Rs 360 crores.

Highlights

The average fare of Shramik special train was around Rs 600 per ticket. Though the revenue seems bigger, the Railways collected only 15% of cost of operations. The operating cost of a special migrant train was around Rs 75-80 lakhs.

Demand

The demand for the Shramik special trains is reducing. This proves that majority of the workers have been sent back home. In May 22, 2020, the demand for Shramik trains from the states was around 200. The number had come down to 38 in June 1, 2020.

Indian Railways

The Indian Railways is playing a major role during COVID-19 crisis in the country. The National transporter carried food grains that were distributed under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. Also, the Indian Railway coaches were converted into isolation wards.

The Indian Railways also helped the country with its freight transport carrying the essentials like milk, vegetables, fruits, etc.

Railway Stations to be classified on Waste Water Output

The CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) is to classify railway stations based on the quantity of waste water generated by them and also based on the disposal of untreated water that are drained into the municipal drain systems.

Highlights

The Railway Stations that are generating waste water equal to or more than 100 kilo litres per day are to be classified as red stations. The stations that are generating waste water greater than 10 kilo litres per day are to be classified under the category of orange. The stations that are generating less than 10 kilo litres of waste water per day are to be put in the category of Green.

Legislation

The categorization has been done under the provisions of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. The main objectives of the act are to control, prevent and abate water pollution. It assesses pollution level and punishes polluters.

The act also provides provisions to constitute central and state boards to prevent water pollution, discharge sewage or trade effluents.