Unprecedented work done to modernise Railways in last few years: PM


New Delhi,  (UNI) With a change in approach in railways infrastructure development in recent times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that there have been unprecedented works done to modernise the railways in last few years that led to a transformations at many fronts of nation’s biggest transport carrier. 

This change has led to unprecedented progress in modernization in Indian Railways, PM Modi said while speaking after flagging off eight trains connecting different regions of the country to Kevadiya in Gujarat and inaugurating several railways related projects in the state, via video conferencing.

“Earlier focus was limited to keeping the existing infrastructure running and there was little attention on new thinking or new technology. It was imperative to change this approach. In the recent years, work was done on comprehensive transformation of entire railway system and it was not limited to tinkering with budget and new train announcements”, the Prime Minister said, adding that the transformation took place on many fronts.

Referring to the ‘Dedicated Freight Corridor’ as an example of change in approach from earlier times, he said that during the period of 2006-2014, the work was done only on papers and not even a single kilometre track was laid.

Now a total of 1100 Kilometre are about to be completed in next few months and recently he dedicated the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors.

He also said that many regions of the country that were unconnected and left behind have been connected through railways while the speed of broad gauging and electrification has been gaining momentum and tracks are being prepared for higher speed, enabling running of semi high speed trains. Now the Indian Railway aims towards high-speed capabilities.

Mr Modi also pointed out that it is being ensured that railways remains environment -friendly. Kevadiya Station is India’s first railway station to start with green building certification.

While stressing on the importance of aatmnirbharta (self- reliance) in railway related manufacturing and technology which has now yielding good results now, he said it was due to local manufacturing of high horse power electric locomotive that India could launch the world’s first double stacked long haul container train. Today a series of indigenously manufactured modern trains are part of Indian Railways, Mr Modi added.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for skilled specialist manpower and professionals to meet the requirement of the railway transformation. This need drove the establishment of Deemed Railway University in Vadodara.