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Old February 9th, 2009, 10:08 AM   #101
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Old February 17th, 2009, 08:07 AM   #102
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FOCUS-India rail budget cheers wagon makers; operaters cold

MUMBAI, Feb 13 (Reuters) - India's 2009/10 interim railway budget proposals announced on Friday cheered wagon makers, as it signalled more orders, but left private rail operators cold.

The budget, ahead of the general elections expected by May, proposed tariff cuts and more wagons for passengers, but did not herald any incentives for cargo handling.

Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav proposed an investment of 2.3 trillion rupees in the five years till 2012, introducing higher capacity wagons and said a feasiblity study for high speed "bullet trains" has been launched.

"I'm very bullish about the metro bullet trains. We are already in the metro segments so we will be able to play a major role in that," R.S. Natarajan, chairman of metro railcar and coaches maker BEML , said.

Construction work on the eastern corridor started on Feb. 10 and work on the western line will begin this month, Yadav said in his speech, spurring hopes of more wagon demand in the near term.

The ministry had set up a special purpose vehicle in October 2006 to construct a dedicated freight corridor to carry cargo, effectively separating passenger and freight loads.

"The freight corridor they've announced will boost demand for the new technology wagons. The total number of these wagons is likely to go up further," said Ashok Vijay, senior vice president of Texmaco Ltd .

Yadav said 43 new trains will be run this year.

Texmaco, India's biggest private wagon manufacturer, which secured orders for 3,000 wagons in 2008/09, expects orders for another 4,500-5,000 wagons in FY10, Vijay said.

Shares in wagon makers, which had opened strong, rose between 5 and 13 percent during the speech on hopes government incentives will boost the firms' growth.

COLD HAUL

The budget disappointed rail operators, who expected some concessions on freight charges. They were hoping for a reduction in haulage charges, especially for empty containers and better facilities on the rail stretch.

"I dont see anything on the freight front. With regards to freight haulage charges there seems to be no changes done," said Chairman Ajay Mittal, Arshiya International Ltd .

The company has ordered 20 rakes from Titagarh Wagons.

Freight in India is estimated to rise 6.59 percent to 910 million tonnes in 2009/10 despite a slowing economy. The load has been rising an average 8 percent a year over the last five years.

India's economy is expected to expand at 7.1 percent in fiscal 2008/09, the slowest pace in six years and below the previous year's 9 percent.

"Being an interim budget, he couldn't have made any projections. He didn't come up with any PPP (public-private partnership) initiatives," said Umesh Chowdhury, managing director of Titagarh Wagons Ltd , which has an order book of 8 billion rupees.
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Old March 8th, 2009, 03:21 PM   #103
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What is an electric engine doing at Udhampur in the last picture above, with its pans down right behind the diesel engine?
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What is an electric engine doing at Udhampur in the last picture above, with its pans down right behind the diesel engine?
Tha Electric engine will be pulling the train after the Diesel Engine is detached on the electrified section.
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Wagon makers demand infra push, more trains

MUMBAI, June 30 (Reuters) - India's wagon makers have demanded speedy execution of rail infrastructure projects, clearing pending proposals for private participation and more passenger trains in the upcoming budget.

India's rail budget, which allocates funds and announces reforms for the sector, is to be announced on July 3 by Mamata Banerjee, the newly-appointed rail minister.

"The Indian Railways need to ensure an increased contribution of the rail sector towards infrastructure creation and enhancing the growth pace of the Indian economy," the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) said.

The railway's outdated technology, poor condition of its stations and increased competition from roads are some of the impediments blocking the growth pace of the Indian economy, ASSOCHAM said in a budget recommendation in June.

India's economy grew 6.7 percent in 2008/09, its weakest in six years, well below 9 percent rates of the last three years.

The world's second-fastest growing major economy is on a drive to improve its creaky infrastructure and boost rail connectivity between industrial hubs and major ports.

With a 63,327-kilometre long network, the railways forms an integral part of Indian life, transporting over 18 million passengers and over 2 million tonnes of freight daily.

While work on the west and the east dedicated freight corridors, spanning about 2,800 kilometres, has started, company officials said there is scope for a southern passage too.

"The railways now should look at the south, south-east and south-west corridors. There is huge cargo available, which is moving by road, which the railways must target," AK Vijay, vice president, commercial, Texmaco Ltd , said.

Currently, roads carry about two-thirds of the country's total cargo, while rail carries just a third, Vijay said, adding, "This total lopsiding in freight movement has to be corrected."

SECTOR DEMANDS

Wagon makers such as Titagarh Wagons , BEML and unlisted firm Jessop expect a boost in spending on long-distance, faster passenger trains and new metro rails at India's growing cities, to help gain orders.

They also demanded orders from the railways to be placed up to two years in advance to help planning for long-term production and to ensure timely deliveries of wagons. Currently, the railways places orders annually.

Rail operators, on the other hand, want stability in haulage charges to enable long-term contracts and reduce turnaround time, officials said.

"Frequent changes (in rates) cause problems for us. It's not possible to pass on all the charge (to users)," Sachin Bhanushali, president of Gateway Rail Freight Ltd, a unit of Gateway Distriparks , said.

Arshiya International and Sical Logistics Ltd also have licences to run container trains in a market dominated by state-run Container Corp of India.
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Non-stop trains can derail airlines' growth
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Railway minister Mamata Banerjee's ambitious proposal to run non-stop trains between big metros could prove to be the biggest challenge to low-cost carriers (LCCs), when the proposal becomes a reality. For almost a year now, airlines, including LCCs, have been hiking fares. While higher fares have seen a sharp erosion in number of fliers, airlines still bet on two facts to survive - train journeys take much longer and getting confirm tickets is difficult.

"Thankfully, she did not lower fares and add to our problems of traffic drop leading to fall in yields. But as and when - and most importantly if - the concept of economical non-stop trains does become a reality, we will face even tougher times," said an official at a LCC.

The success of LCC's in initial stage came from the fact that their fares were comparable to Rajdhani AC III and lower than AC II levels. This led to a sudden shift of that voluminous segment to LCCs. "Those fares were unsustainable and LCCs that insisted on retaining them folded up. When fares started to rise, people started going back to trains and we have been registered negative growth for many months now," said an airline chief executive officer.

Despite higher fares, LCCs get traffic simply because the journey time offered by planes can't be matched by trains. Now Mamata is targeting the sectors where Rajdhanis and Shatabdis were anyway offering tough competition - in fare - to airlines.

In her Budget, she spoke of launching nonstop trains from Delhi to places like Jammu, Lucknow, Kolkata, Chennai, Allahabad, Bhubaneswar an Ernakulam. The 'Duronto' nonstop service are proposed to have both AC and non-AC classes and run once to thrice a week. "That service will take some years to come, if it comes all. Our big worry right now is to survive till that time," said a senior AI official.
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