Gowda plans to put bullet trains, PPP, pending projects on track

Besides proposing FDI in railways in all areas except operations, railway minister Sadanand Gowda also underlined increased PPP for improving facilities

GN Bureau | July 8, 2014




Promising to put the Indian railway on course correction, the Modi government in its maiden railway budget presented before parliament on Tuesday announced emphasis on completing the pending projects rather than announcing new ones.

Besides proposing foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways in all areas except operations, railway minister Sadanand Gowda also underlined increased public-private-partnership (PPP) for improving the facilities. 

Gowda said projects worth over Rs 20, 000 crore, which are pending at various stages in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh would be completed soon. 

The other highlights of the budget include announcement of bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad and a high speed diamond quadrilateral project connecting major cities across India, which would later be turned into a high speed corridor. 

Chardham – the Hindu religious places – Dwarka, Puri, Rameshwaram and Badrinath – would be connected through direct rail links. 
The budget announces special milk transportation trains in association with Amul and National Dairy Association Board. 

While it announces suburban rails for Bangalore for which a feasibility study would be conducted, Mumbai local would get 860 new, state-of-the art coaches and 64 new electric multiple unit (EMUs) would be introduced across the country.

In total 58 new trains, including five new Jansadharans, five premium trains, six AC express, 27 express trains, eight passenger trains, two mainline electric multiple unit (MEMU) trains and five diesel-electric multiple unit (DEMU) were announced.

Gowda also announced the extension of 11 trains' route. He also proposed GIS mapping and digitization of railway land and said the bulk of future projects would be financed through PPP mode.

By recruiting 17,000 RPF that would include 4,000 women constables, there would be an increased stress on passenger security, the minister announced.

Ultrasonic system would be introduced to detect problems in tracks to increase railway safety besides doing away with 5,400 vulnerable unmanned level crossing with automatic systems.

The new budget also focuses on increased cleanliness in trains and stations which the minister said was one of the biggest complaints of the passengers. For this there will be a separate house-keeping wing that will manage 50 major stations.

The minister said that the Indian railways was “starved “of funds and the recent hike in fares to the tune of 14.2 per cent would will bring in Rs 8000 cr whereas the railways need more than 9 lakh crore only to complete the golden quadrilateral project.

Indian railways has a rail-network of 1.16 lakh km, 63,000 passenger coaches, more than 2 lakh wagons and over 13 lakh employees.

Comments

 

Other News

Terrorising the terrorists

One year has passed since the Modi regime applied shock therapy to improve the functioning of the Indian economy through demonetisation on November 8, 2016. Thus, legal tender to rupee notes worth 1,000 and 500 denominations was withdrawn and 86 percent of the currency went out of circulation. It was claim

J&K to get additional electricity during winters

In a bid to meet the increase in electricity demand of Jammu & Kashmir during the winters, the centre has decided to allocate an additional 792 Megawatts to the state. The allocation of power to J&K from central generating stations (CGS) is 2,397 MW. The supply would be given by powe

IOCL, IDCO ink pact to set up plastic park at Paradip

Minister for petroleum and natural gas, skill development & entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan has lauded the state run Indian Oil Corporation and IDCO (Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha) for signing a pact to establish a plastic park at Paradip in Odisha. Pradhan was speakin

RBI mulls whether to shift loan pricing system to external benchmark

An efficient monetary transmission is a sine qua non for the successful pursuit of its objectives by any central bank. Over the past two decades, it has been the endeavour of the Reserve Bank of India to strengthen the monetary transmission process, but these efforts have yet not yielded the desired result

Govt okays deputation of group A officers to TCIL

 The cabinet has approved the proposal for deputation of group A officers of department of telecommunications (DoT) and other ministries with telecommunication and information technology background to Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL). TCIL, a Miniratna PSU, is a premier telec

Indians want more military force in Kashmir: Pew

When it comes to dealing with the disputed border regions of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian public favours an aggressive stance, said the Pew Research Center, a US based think-tank. A 63% majority believes the government should be using more military force. Few say India should use less force



Video

Gujrat election – 70 candidates in BJP’s first list

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter