Revise railway fares but also improve the quality of services
This refers to the report Rail min flags first major hike in 10 yrs (October 30). The fact that the The fact that the Indian Railways is on the verge of bankruptcy underlines the need to increase passenger fares is on the verge of bankruptcy underlines the need to increase passenger fares. But along with increasing fares, the government should also improve the facilities by introducing mechanised cleaning of platforms, environment-friendly toilets and good quality food in trains and stations. Besides, the government must also undertake a rail modernisation project. The project should include better maintenance of trains and advanced technological features like advance signalling, safe coaches and anti-collision devices. Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal should not hesitate in revising passenger fares, as people will not mind shelling out extra money for better services.
Ranjana Manchanda, via email
A hike in passenger fares by the Indian Railways will be an extra burden on the aam aadmi, who is already reeling from inflation. It is baffling that the railways, which used to make profits earlier, is on the brink of bankruptcy today. What happened to the so-called turnaround of the railways under Lalu Prasad, which was made a mandatory lesson for the students of IIM, Ahmedabad?
Janaki Mahadevan, Mumbai
No clear picture on digitisation
This refers to the report Oct 31 is here but 45% houses have no set top boxes (October 30). This had to happen because the government issued a flurry of advertisements that did not educate consumers about the benefits of digitisation. Besides the shortage of set-top boxes, consumers are confused about the various aspects of the digitisation process.
Gautam Chandra, via email