‘Rail Business’ to fill knowledge gap

India’s railway sector — complete with government and private railway systems, their subsidiaries, vendors and customers — though quite large, is devoid of any publication devoted exclusively to discuss the issues relevant to the sector. There is one publication by the Railway Ministry. But as it happens in such publications, the focus is more on the ministers and the honchos in the ministry. The recent publication of Rail Business with focus almost entirely on the country’s railway sector, it is hoped, will fill the gap, more so because a retired General Manager of the Indian Railways, Mr V.K. Raina, is the driving force behind it.

The articles, some contributed by retired railway officials, many of them were Mr Raina’s colleagues, are interesting because they throw up some issues critical for the railways. For example, a retired Member (Traffic) has discussed the challenges ahead as the Indian Railways targets higher growth. The infrastructure expert of Ernst and Young has analysed the railway PPP model. A Tata Steel executive has written on logistics challenges facing a major steel plant. There is a piece on the legendary Karnail Singh who made a difference in the Railways. There are also articles on R&D, designs, wagons, locomotives, Duronto and environment issues, among others. We’ve no doubt the publication, if it maintains the standard, will click.


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