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Modi hints at private sector role in railways modernisation

india Updated: Jul 05, 2014 00:50 IST
HT correspondent

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hinted at a role of private sector in modernisation and development of the railways.

The PM, while referring to the demand of chief minister Omar Abdullah for better facilities at the Jammu railway station, said the government wants railways stations to have better facilities than the airports.

“This is our dream and it is not a difficult thing to do. This is economically viable too. I have discussed it in detail with my friends in the railways. You will see a change in near future,” he said in his address at the Katra railway station.

He said the private sector would also be interested in it. “The private parties would also be ready to invest because this is a good project economically and will benefit everyone. This would be a win-win situation project and we want to move ahead in this direction in the coming days,” he said.

Chief minister Omar Abdullah, in his address, said while the Katra railway station has all modern facilities but the same are lacking at the Jammu railway station. About one crore pilgrims visit Vaishno Devi,majority of whom use train.

Modi said metros and important cities like Jammu would be priority of the government for development of railway stations.