“The update will now allow you to see information for 12,000 trains, as well updated details for bus and metro routes from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune," Google said in a statement.
Using Google Transit, users need to type the destination into Google Maps, click on 'Get Directions' button and then select 'Public Transit' icon that will now include trains apart from bus, car and walking options.
"Google Transit is part of our effort to make Google Maps more comprehensive, accurate and useful for millions of people around the world who take buses, trains, metros or trams to their next destination.
"We hope that the addition of the Indian Railways schedules pan India and updated information for eight cities to Google Transit in India will make it a little easier to plan your next trip," Google Maps Director Program Management Suren Ruhela said.

Google launches voice-guided lane advisory for 20 Indian cities

Google had launched a voice-guided lane advisory, enabling its users to see and hear voice-guided instructions on which lane they should take, for 20 Indian cities on Google maps for Android and iOS mobiles.

"With the Google Maps app for iPhone/iPad and Android, users will now be able to see and hear voice-guided instructions, signalling which lane they should stay in or move to while in navigation mode," it said.

Drivers in India can enjoy the turn-by-turn, voice-guided instructions in English as well as Hindi.

Lane guidance within Google Maps for mobile will be available for major roads across 20 Indian cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Pune, Surat, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadodara and Visakhapatnam. Drivers will also be able to receive lane guidance on major expressways, including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

IRCTC to offer baggage insurance for train passengers

Aiming at providing passengers more facilities for booking tickets online, IRCTC is planning to offer a new service of 'baggage insurance' for them.

Under this, a customer will be offered additional services like insurance coverage for baggage while booking e-tickets on the IRCTC website.
As per the offer, the passenger can claim the insurance money in case of lost or theft of the baggage. The goods like laptop, mobile phone or any other valuable articles will be covered as part of the travel insurance package.

The tie-up is being formalised with New India Assurance with the details being worked out. The insurance premium will depend on the length of the journey and also the class of travel.