Broad gauge rail track conversion in northeast to be completed soon

Dedicated freight corridor would be commissioned by December 2019

vishwas

Vishwas Dass | November 11, 2016 | New Delhi


#bullet trains   #dedicated freigh corridor   #broad gauge   #Railways  


Railway board chairman A.K. Mital on Friday said that the conversion of metre gauge tracks into broad gauge in the north eastern states would be completed by the end of current fiscal to give a boost to economic activities in the region.

He added that they would not leave any stone unturned to strengthen rail infrastructure in the region. 
 
Speaking at the Economic Editors’ Conference, Mital highlighted achievements of the Indian Railways in the last two and a half years. He admitted that dedicated freight corridor (DFC) project had languished earlier, but in the past two years, a lot of progress was made. 
He said that the DFC project would be commissioned by December 2019 and the freight trains would run at an average speed of 70 kmph. An investment of Rs 35,000 crore has been made in the last two years for the project.
 
On unmanned level crossings (ULCs), Mital said that all of the ULCs would be manned in the next four years to put an end to mishaps. “We are working to ensure zero fatalities,” he added. 
 
All the state capitals would be connected with each other by May 2020, he said.
 
On the merger of railway budget with the union budget, Mital said there are no negative implications because of the move and it is the railways, which is going to benefit. “It is a very simple merger and does not have any adverse implications,” he said.
 
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu is on a three day tour to north eastern states and could not attend the conference. But, in a video message, Prabhu said proactive steps are being taken by the railways to speed up crucial projects like high speed trains, dedicated freight corridor (DFC), cleanliness at stations and in trains and, internet connectivity. 

Comments

 

Other News

Ajay Singh is president’s press secretary

Ajay Kumar Singh, who has been the editorial director of Governance Now, has been appointed the press secretary of the president of India. The decision was made by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday. The appointment will be on contract

Amit Shah on India’s languages: What else he said

Home minister Amit Shah’s remark on the need for a single national language has rightly sparked a debate, but the headlines missed much in his speech about language, culture, and identity. Giving away Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar and Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar awards on the occasion of Hin

On A Personal note with musician Apache Indian

Renowned British singer, songwriter and reggae DJ, Apache Indian (originally known as Steven Kapoor) shot to fame with his style of music which came to be known as bhangramuffin (also called bhangragga) – a mix of bhangra, reggaemuffin and traditional dance hall in the early 1990s. His style changed

Traffic fines: Find the sweet spot between penalty and self-goal

When close to five lakh people are killed in road accidents every year in India, road transport minister Nitin Gadkari should have been complimented on his not-so-populist move to impose higher fines for traffic violations. Instead, many people are unhappy and several states – mostly ruled by the BJP

A unique project gives new life to a chaotic Mumbai fishing village

Traditional fishermen or Kolis; synonymous with feasting, song and dance; are the original inhabitants of Mumbai. For generations, they have loved their vocation and prided in it. But their work and lifestyle are facing threats from reclamation, land acquisition by builders, lack of sustainable fishing pra



Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter