Indian Railways is one of the most crucial Public Sector Undertaking by the Government of India. It is therefore no surprise to see it being a major part of the annual budget in India, over the years. We should feel proud to have the largest railway network in the world. Let us take a look at some of the lesser known facts about Indian Railways:
- The total distance covered by the 14,300 trains on the Indian Railways everyday, equals three & half times the distance to moon.
- IR has about 63,028 route kms. of track: it can circle the equator one-and-a-half times
- IR employs about 1.55 million people: 9th largest employer in the world
- It carries over 13 million passengers & 1.3 million tones of freight everyday
- It runs about 14,300 trains daily
- IR has about 7,000 railway stations
- 42 Railway companies operated in the country before independence: now it is total monopoly by Government of India
Around 60 per cent of the total 26,000 cognizable crimes in railways in the last one year occurred inside trains while the rest took place on its premises, data show. On average, it means over 1,000 crimes per passenger train per year.
Another exciting announcement was the provision of starting wi-fi services on all the Grade A stations across the country. It seems like a positive move, trying to bring to the Indian Railway users one of the most awaited services. Another new addition is the services will be the option of ordering meal online while booking the ticket. This could make a huge difference to many passengers provided the food quality by IRCTC improves.