Railways highlight budgetary points

2 Feb 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has remarked that we are now in a position to synergise the investment in railways, road, water ways and civil aviation for 2017-18 the total capital structure of railways has been tend at Rs 1,31,000 crore. This includes Rs 55,000 crore provided by the Government amongst other things the railways will focus on 4 major areas: passenger safety, capital and development work, cleanliness and financial and accounting reforms, remarked Eastern Railway general manager, Ghanshyam Singh.
For passenger safety, a rail sanrakshakosh a safety fund a corpus of Rs 1,00,000 crore over a period of 5 years, he said.
Beside seed capital from the government, the railways will arrange the balance from its own resource avenues and from other sources, he added.
The government will lay down clear cut guidelines for timeline implementation of various safety works to be funded from this kosh, South Eastern Railway general manager, S. N. Agrawal. Al unmanned level crossings will be eliminated by 2020.
In the next three years throughput which is proposed to be enhanced by 10 %. This will be done through modernization and upgradation of identified corridors, he said.
Railway lines of 3,500 km will be commissioned in 2017-18 as against 2,800 km in 2016-17, he said, adding that steps will be taken to launch dedicated trains for tourism.
Railways have put up joint ventures with 9 state governments, 70 projects have been identified for construction and development, the general manager said.
Now coming to Swatch railways, SMS based clean my coach service has been started. It is now proposed to introduce a coach mitra facility, A single window interface to register all coach related complaints and requirements and by 2019, all coaches of Indian railways will be fitted with bio toilets, Mr Agrawal said.
Today Indian railways faces stiff competition from other modes of transport, which are dominated by private sector modes of transportation, therefore railways will implement end to end integrated transport  solutions for selected commodities through partnership with logistics, who will provide both front and backend  connectivity.  Rolling stock and practices to be customized for perishable goods especially agricultural goods. (EOIC)